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Two charged with several offenses after attempts to elude in Brantley

Two 37-year-old men were arrested after attempting to elude Brantley County deputies in separate incidents.

William Everette, 37, was arrested and charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude/Possession and use of drug related objects/driving while license suspended/too fast for conditions/weaving over roadway as well as a bench warrant in Wayne County. Deputies attempted a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude deputies. The vehicle finally came to a stop after a brief chase and Everette jumped out of the vehicle and ran but stopped when deputies called out to him. Everette was taken into custody and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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Homeland Mayor Austin Hickox loses battle with rare form of cancer

The City of Homeland is in mourning this week after its beloved mayor, Austin Hickox, passed away on Tuesday morning. Hickox was at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his five children. He had been fighting a battle against a rare form of bladder cancer.

For more than 19 years, Hickox has been the steady steward of the city just north of Folkston. Homeland Council member Ouida Johnson recalled a couple of weeks ago that Hickox was overwhelmingly chosen to serve as mayor — twice — without even running for the office.

via Charlton County Herald

Brantley 18-year-old hit with several charges after attempt to elude

Cody Cecil (18) was arrested and charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude police, failure to keep in proper lane, aggressive driving, street talking and harassing phone calls.  Deputies responded to Browntown Road in reference to harassing phone calls.  Complainant said that Cecil had called approximately 53 times in the past hour and had also sent several text messages.  While on scene Cecil drove by the residence and deputies attempted to stop him.  Cecil fled the area and accelerated in an attempt to elude deputies.  A short time later Cecil was apprehended and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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Statesboro bar near GSU permanently closed following student death

The Statesboro City Council permanently closed Rude Rudy’s, a bar next to the Georgia Southern University  campus, after police said a student was beaten to death at the bar less than a month ago.

A scheduled official revocation hearing was not held as the city council voted to accept a previously arranged agreement with the bar’s owner that would ultimately close the bar. As part of this settlement owner John Starkey voluntarily agreed never to obtain an alcohol license within the Statesboro city limits.

WJCL News.

Coast Guard, Navy to conduct exercise off Georgia coast

The Coast Guard and Navy plan to conduct a full-scale maritime exercise in the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Coast Guard says the exercise is known as Resolute Guardian. It is set to run from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. It will be held near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and continuing south to the Saint Marys River entrance.

The exercise will include small boat maneuvers, blank gunfire and distress signal training.

The Coast Guard is advising local boaters and community members that there will be a 500-yard moving safety zone around the vessels involved. There are no waterway closures or restrictions planned.

Brantley traffic stop leads to two arrests

Effingham investigators warn of Craigslist car cons | WJCL NewsCandi McCormick (32) was arrested and charged on a probation violation warrant out of Bacon County and possession and use of drug related objects.  James McCormick (39) was issued a citation for driving while license suspended.  Deputies made a traffic stop on McCormick’s vehicle and discovered that his license was suspended.  Candi had an active probation warrant and she was taken into custody.  Due to Candi being on probation a search was done on the vehicle and several snorting straws were found in her possession.

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FFA land judging event held in Tifton Thursday

Forty Future Farmers of America teams from South Georgia visited the Tift County Schools STAR Farm Thursday afternoon for the Land Judging CDE. This is the first year that the farm hosted the event.

The Land Judging CDE is a team event with four team members. Danny Bartlett, Georgia’s south region forestry teacher for agricultural education, oversaw the event.

Participants classified land into the land capability classes developed by the Soil Conservation Service. Classification is based upon the land judging factors of slope, topsoil thickness, erosion, topsoil texture, permeability of subsoil, drainage and effective depth of the soil, according to the Georgia FFA Association.

via Land judging event held in Tifton – The Tifton Gazette: News.

Augusta fire chief contracts flesh-eating bacteria during rescue

While hiking with friends at Savannah Bluff Heritage Preserve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

“After a few minutes, I figured she was holding a dog or a baby,” he said.

She appeared to be in trouble, so the Augusta Fire Department captain sprung into action, wading about 300 yards across the rapids to get to her, bouncing off rocks and scraping his shin.

The woman had a 4-year-old and a sunken kayak. Buckley worked to free the kayak, then helped the woman and the child to safety. As they moved on downriver, Buckley stumbled back across the river.

He never imagined the incident would land him in the hospital for a week, or that he’d find himself battling necrotizing fasciitis, the same infection that gained attention in 2012 when it cost Georgia resident Aimee Copeland her left leg, right foot and both hands.


Security breached: Intruder reaches front door of White House

The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.

President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House on Friday evening when the intruder climbed the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the residence, where agents nabbed him.

WJCL News.

Chad Nimmer wants to hear your plan — if you’re from Pierce anyway

State Rep. Chad Nimmer is a busy man. Between working back home in Pierce County and representing his community in Atlanta, there are no shortage of issues to review or phone calls to take.

But the Blackshear Republican says he’s concerned his position as a voice for South Georgia in the legislature isn’t being used to its full potential. And he’s looking for local officials to keep him busy with anything he can do to help the county.

“Wear me out while I’m there…”

via The Blackshear Times

Police find piles of stolen merchandise in Hinesville residence

A task force made up of the Hinesville Police Department and the Liberty and Long County sheriff’s offices busted a burglary suspect Wednesday afternoon in Hinesville who hoarded thousands of dollars worth of suspected merchandise.

Khalil Abdullah, who lives in the 1300 block of Forest Lake Drive was arrested without incident when officers initiated a search warrant and seized thousands of dollars worth of items suspected in burglaries in Liberty, Long and Wayne County as well as Hinesville.

WJCL News.

St. Simons sets Food & Spirits Fest for Oct. 1-5

segazine logoThousands of foodies and fun seekers will be treated to five days that will tantalize the senses when the third annual Saint Simons Food & Spirits Festival unfolds Oct. 1-5 in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

The nearly weeklong #TasteSSI celebration showcases the area’s finest food, spirits and artistic talent amid the natural beauty of Georgia’s Golden Isles and is well on its way to becoming one of the South’s most-popular festivals. Continue reading

Tifton to host truck and tractor pull Sept. 26, 27

The fall edition of the Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull rolls into town Sept. 26 and 27 at the American Legion Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Southern Pullers Association, truck and tractor pullers from all across the Southeast will compete for Southern Pullers Association championship points and prize money.

“The 8,500-pound Light Pro Stock tractors class is a great one to watch. These tractors are powerful, loud and fast. Of course, we still have the big two- and four-wheel drive classes, too,” said Tyron Spearman, coordinator of the pull.  “Look for the points standing and competition schedule online at or find the Southern Pullers Association on Facebook.”

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Jekyll’s Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival this weekend


The Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District. Includes arts and crafts, a Family Fun Zone, live entertainment, Craft Brew Tastings, demonstrations, contests and live music. Free admission, parking $6, samples $3. (912) 635-3636 or (Officials told Segazine that limited parking means you’ll have to park at the airport and take a tram to the event itself unless you can secure parking away from the event location. The $6 fee is for entry onto the island.)

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Two women found dead on northside of Jax

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The bodies of two young women were found on the side of the road on the Northside early Thursday morning. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to find out who they are, what happened and how they died.

At 1:53 a.m. officers were dispatched to Sisson Drive, near the intersection of Main Street North and Clark Road, in reference to two bodies that were found.

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Georgia jobless up to 8.1 percent in August

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

“We had good job growth, both over the month with 24,700 new jobs and over the year with 79,300 more jobs, and initial claims, a leading economic indicator that measures new layoffs, decreased 27 percent,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “All of this positive data makes the rate increase somewhat questionable.

“With continued job growth and fewer layoffs, we would expect the rate to come down. We’ve talked with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which conducts the monthly household survey that determines the national and state unemployment rates,” Butler continued. “They say the ‘volatility’ in the monthly survey numbers ‘is expected’ and that it’s often ‘smoothed’ during the annual benchmarking process. Last year’s initial August rate was eventually reduced by a half-point, and we expect a similar reduction this year.”

There were 4,132,900 jobs in Georgia in August, the most since June 2008. Jobs were up by 0.6 percent, from 4,108,200 in July. The monthly gains came in government at 16,600 as seasonal school workers returned to their jobs after summer layoffs. Education and health services added 7,700 jobs, manufacturing recorded 4,000 new jobs, construction added 1,600 jobs, and other services added 1,500.

“Our over-the-year job growth, which was an impressive 2.0 percent, was the second largest for August since 2005 and came in all the important job sectors,” said Butler.

The job gains were in professional and business services, 25,400; leisure and hospitality, 16,100; trade and transportation, 13,200; manufacturing, 9,900; construction, 5,900; education and health services, 5,700; information services, 1,500; other services, 1,000; government, 300; and financial activities, 100.

There were 31,122 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in August, a decrease of 11,536, from 42,658 in July. For the past three years, initial claims fell by an average of 11,504 from July to August. Most of the August decline in claims came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and trade.

Also, over the year, initial claims were down by 12.3 percent. There were 4,381 fewer claims filed than the 35,503 in August 2013. Most of the decline over the year came in trade, transportation and warehousing, construction, administrative services, and health care and social assistance.

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Two arrested in Brantley on multiple drug charges

Brantley County deputies seized almost 50 marijuana plants and arrested two while executing a search warrant.

Lisa Wainright, 52, and John Wainright, 54, were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, and trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine.  A search warrant was executed at the Wainright property where approximately 45 marijuana plants were located. Both were transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

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Investigators were called to the Southeast Georgia Medical Center in Brunswick in reference to Cruelty to Children. Medical staff had called and reported a child that had a small fracture to the upper left side of the skull. The Department of Family and Children Services along with Brantley County Investigators and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation interviewed the parents. The case was turned over to the GBI for further investigation. Continue reading

Man dies after being hit by cement truck in Jesup

A man is dead after being hit by a cement truck in downtown Jesup around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Georgia 27 and North Third Street.

Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Brandon Hill, 27, of Jesup.

“Hill had gotten into an altercation with a group of individuals and had thrown a bottle at a woman and began running.  Based on witness accounts, it is believed that Hill was being followed by three individuals when he ran into the intersection,” said GSP Trooper Raumando Thompson.

The cement truck driver identified as Andrew Donagi, 44, of Screven will not face charges. He was driving at the speed limit of 35 miles per hour when Hill stepped in front of the truck, said Trooper Thompson.

The Jesup Police Department is investigating the events leading up to the fatal crash.


Jesup man to get new trial in Glynn shooting deaths — 21 years later

A Jesup man convicted of murder in the 1993 execution-style shooting deaths of a woman and her son is set to get a new trial starting Sept. 22 before a Glynn County jury.

But in an unusual turnabout, prosecutors have asked Superior Court Judge Stephen G. Scarlett to allow them to use evidence that the original judge ruled out, Larry L. Jenkins Jr.’s confession that he killed Terry Ralston, 37, and her son, Michael, 15.

Jenkins was a 17-year-old student at Wayne County High School when the Ralstons were abducted from their coin-operated laundry in downtown Jesup. During a motions hearing Friday, he sat silently in a pumpkin-colored jail jump suit and with ankles shackled and his hands cuffed in front of him.

College Park parents alarmed after snakes spotted at school

Parents say they’re alarmed about snakes seen inside and outside a school south of Atlanta.

Feldwood Elementary School Principal Principal Raquel Harris says the Fulton County school system has purchased snake repellent for the perimeter of the school. Harris said employees are monitoring for snake movements at night and have contacted a pest control company.

Parent Temeka Strozier tells WSB-TV ( that a snake crawled over a parent’s foot during a PTA meeting and open house on Tuesday.

Harris emailed parents a letter telling them that the safety of students is the school’s No. 1 priority, and that officials are working diligently to ensure that children are safe.

It wasn’t known what type of snakes are being seen in the school.

Average turtle nest year no cause for alarm

turtlesExcept for a long-missing loggerhead named Coral, sea turtle nesting in Georgia rated average in 2014.
Not that average is bad for this threatened species and Georgia’s primary sea turtle.

The 1,193 nests recorded through Labor Day fell far shy of the 2,289 counted last summer and ended a four-year run of nesting highs. But Georgia DNR Sea Turtle Program Coordinator Mark Dodd explained that while the 26-year average for loggerheads is 1,215 nests, a rise and fall in nesting is more normal than a string of annual increases.

“The overall statistical trend (for loggerheads) is still increasing, and we’re still in a recovery period. This is one of the natural fluctuations in nesting that we’ve seen.”

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Former Darien police lietenant charged in theft of narcotics from evidence storage

A former Darien police lieutenant was arrested Thursday on a charge of taking narcotics from the police evidence room, officials said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Nicholas “Nick” O. Roundtree, 36, around noon and took him to the McIntosh County jail where he was booked and released on bail, the county Sheriff’s Office said….

Suspect in Memphis slaying jailed in Camden County

A Memphis, Tenn., man sought in a slaying there was apprehended after a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Camden County and is in the county jail in Woodbine.

About 1:40 p.m. Thursday, a white Ford Focus crossed from Nassau County into Camden County where Florida Highway Patrol officers, Camden County sheriff’s deputies and Kingsland police officers pursued it to a point near the Harriett’s Bluff interchange, Camden County spokesman William Terrell said….

Super PAC attacks on Michelle Nunn rated mostly true


The super PAC Ending Spending Fund is broadcasting another attack ad against Michelle Nunn, a politically pedigreed Democrat hoping to succeed Republican Saxby Chambliss as a U.S. Senator from Georgia.

This time, it’s a radio ad simulating a man-on-the street interview with a potential female voter.

In the ad, the announcer says: “According to news reports, she’s acknowledged allowing a convicted felon who is well known for his radical anti-American statements to actually hold a fundraiser for her.”

He then asked the unidentified woman: “Is there any wisdom in that thinking?”

“I’m going to say ‘None,'” the woman responds.

It’s part of a new campaign by Ending Spending that plays off Nunn’s well-known name. Her father, Sam Nunn was a respected moderate Democrat in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, from 1972 to 1997, who some considered White House or vice presidential material.

PolitiFact Georgia.

Social media harassment a problem — even in Brantley County

Social media harassment has become a serious problem, even in Brantley County

Deputies responded to Dee Gee Trail in reference to harassment recently after a complainant said that someone has been posting harassing comments on Facebook about his spouse and also accusing him of stealing.
In other related reports, officials were called to investigate two instances of credit card fraud including one in which the victim said an unknown subject had made five transactions on his debit card, and another in which the victim said someone stole his Go Blue card which is attached to his checking account and charged over $300.
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Michael Deslauriers (28) was arrested and charged with making harassing phone calls and disorderly conduct. Deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Ft. McIntosh Loop in reference to a report of terroristic threats and acts. The complainant said that Deslauriers had made threatening texts toward him. A short time later Deslauriers came to the sheriff’s office and admitted to texting the complainant several more times since being told not to. Deslauriers kept cursing and showing out while in the lobby in front of other people in the lobby. He was arrested at that time.

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Search underway for more bodies in squalid Massachusetts home

A search was underway Friday at a squalid home where the bodies of three infants were found among vermin and piles of soiled diapers, and authorities had not ruled out the possibility that more bodies may be inside, a prosecutor said.

Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment of children found the bodies Thursday at the house in Blackstone, about 50 miles southwest of Boston along the Rhode Island border. Four other children had been removed from the home two weeks earlier.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said the house was in “deplorable condition.” He said authorities don’t know when or how the babies died, or their ages and genders. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the deaths.

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Whitehouse under fire for not opposing Boggs

An abortion rights group Thursday criticized Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., for not opposing a controversial nominee to a federal district court in Georgia.

The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America wrote Whitehouse after his comments Tuesday about nominee Michael P. Boggs. Whitehouse, when asked if he would vote for Boggs at the Senate Judiciary Committee level, said that he backs district court nominees who have the support of their home-state senators – which Boggs has.

Roll Call Politics.

SanDisk’s 512GB SD card will hold all the 4K video you can handle

If you’ve been dabbling in 4K video recording, you probably know that most SD cards won’t cut it; you’ll be thankful if you have enough space for a wedding video, let alone a magnum opus. SanDisk may have a solution for that space problem in its new, extra-capacious 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC card. It’s fast enough (95MB/s) to shoot interruption-free 4K, but also has more than enough storage for a day’s worth of movies and high-speed photography. Capture 60Mbps video on Sony’s AX100, for example, and you could theoretically keep going for almost 19 hours. You’re going to pay dearly for all that headroom, though. The 512GB card sells for a whopping $800 — unless video production is your bread and butter, you’re probably better off “settling” for the Extreme Pro’s 128GB or 256GB variants.


Dollar General goes hostile in bid for Family Dollar

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Stores Dollar Inc. for $80 per share in cash, the same offer that was rejected last week by the company’s board.

Shares of Family Dollar jumped 5 percent before the opening bell Wednesday and appeared headed for an all-time high.

Family Dollar, based in Matthews, North Carolina, has voiced concerns about such a deal passing antitrust review. In response to those fears, Dollar General has said that it is willing to divest up to 1,500 stores if the Federal Trade Commission requires it. The company also is offering to pay a $500 million reverse breakup fee if antitrust hurdles get in the way.

The Tifton Gazette

Southern rust hits Georgia corn crop early

Southern corn rust struck Georgia’s corn crop two weeks earlier this season and has spread across the Coastal Plain, says a University of Georgia plant pathologist. If not treated quickly, the annual disease can stunt plants and reduce yields.

“If you don’t protect against southern rust early enough, and it starts to spread, it’s hard to stop. Once it escapes the bottle, it’s hard to put back in the bottle,” said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension scientist based on the Tifton Campus. Kemerait has been busy answering phone calls from growers who thought they had the disease under control only to discover it when weather conditions favored a spread of the disease.

If southern corn rust is not spotted or treated quickly, it can have a devastating impact on corn production in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia where yield losses in excess of 25 bushels of corn per acre have been observed. Southern corn rust infects corn leaves. The infected leaves can’t produce as many sugars through photosynthesis, which reduces yield. It can also drain the stalk of its strength, making corn plants vulnerable during high winds that could blow the stalks down.

Moultrie Observer: News.

Charlton development authority hoping to attract new industry with ‘GRAD’ site

The state believes having prepared and available sites for industrial development will attract new industry to Georgia counties and they’ve come up with a program to encourage that development.

The Development Authority of Folkston and Charlton County wants to participate in the state’s Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Sites Program and is hoping to bring the city and county on board with the plan.

To qualify for GRAD status, available sites have to be submitted by a local community or economic development organization to the state and its partners in the program (GA Power, Georgia EMC, and Electric Cities of Georgia) and reviewed by a third party. Categories of due diligence and review include minimum acreage (50), ownership security, zoning designation, road and rail accessibility, utilities service, and wetlands and stream delineation.

via Charlton County Herald

Large grant awarded for area pomegrenate industry

USDA Rural Development State Director Quinton N. Robinson and U.S. Congressman John Barrow have announced the approval of a $150,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) designed to boost the processing and marketing of pomegranates grown by farmers in southeast Georgia. The grant recipient, Seven Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Area Council Inc. of Baxley, will apply the RBEG funds to the purchase of equipment specially designed to wash and separate pomegranates from the hulls.

The Baxley News-Banner.

Stalled Georgia judicial nominee presents a dilemma for Senate Democrats

The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.

The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.

The committee added a slate of 10 judicial nominees to its agenda for votes this month, likely next week. That agenda does not include Boggs, one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to a federal district court in Georgia.

A vote now on Boggs’ nomination would unnecessarily risk a potentially awkward intraparty conflict among Democrats, Senate aides and nominations experts familiar with the nomination said. Committee Democrats either could reject one of Obama’s judicial picks for the first time. Or the nomination could advance to the full Senate with opposition from many Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Roll Call Politics.


Wayne hospital generates millions despite huge challenges

Wayne Memorial Hospital generated $109.1 million in revenue for the local and state econo-mies during 2012, according to a new report by the Georgia Hospital Association.

The report also found that, during the same time period, Wayne Memorial provided approximately $5.9 million in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 879 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and the rest of the state.

The Press-Sentinel

Bama the neglected dog dies – but not before experiencing love at last

bamaUPDATE: Officials announced Wednesday morning that Bama had died.

An area community fought to make sure a dog who wasn’t guaranteed tomorrow felt the love of a family just one more time.

Members of Coastal Pet Rescue made the decision to euthanize the hard-lived pooch Wednesday morning.  But not before a community showed him a warmth he may never have felt before.

 WJCL News.

State launches fraud investigation into Democrat voter registration group

Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia’s secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state’s highest ranking Democrats.

A subpoena was sent to the New Georgia Project and its parent organization Third Sector Development on Tuesday.

The organization is a project of the nonprofit organization Third Sector Development, which was founded and is led by House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

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Daycare license revoked following Brunswick infant death

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Tuesday, issued a license revocation for a Brunswick daycare center after the death of an infant in August.

In a news release from Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin of DECAL, his organization confirmed that rule violations involving supervision and infant sleep safety may have contributed to the death of a child at Generation Kids Preschool Nursery located at 2267 Pinewood Street.

 WJCL News.

Driver dies after collision on Interstate 95

A driver was killed in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 95 near Airport Road on Tuesday afternoon.  The driver’s name was not immediately released, pending next-of-kin notification.

Florida Highway Patrol said Diana Pineiro, 28, was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer south on I-95 in the center lane.  The driver of a Nissan Titan was on the entrance ramp from Airport Road to I-95 southbound as a tractor-trailer was heading south in the right lane.


Students rally behind teacher who talks about Jesus in class

Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne.

Osborne said he didn’t feel supported by administrators, so he decided to take a few days off, he told WXIA-TV. He said he’s talked about God at school for years.

Charlton commissioner wants accounting of rec department funds

Charlton County Commission Chairman Wade Johnson says he wants all county recreation department revenues revealed in their annual budget each year.

“They get concessions, sign-up fees, other things,” he said at last week’s regular commission meeting. “I want to make it loud and clear, I want this reported. I want transparency for the public.”

Johnson’s request was part of a general discussion on the county’s proposed 2015 budget. County Administrator Al Crace assured him the information would be included in future budgets.

Crace also noted the proposed $9.2 million budget does not represent any “significant” change from last year but requires .02 mills less than in 2014.

via Charlton County Herald

Brunswick hires consultant to review investigation of chief

The city has retained an outside consultant to review an internal affairs investigation of online training that resulted in the retirement of Chief Tobe Green and the resignations of two other officers, Mayor Cornell Harvey said.

Also the city has named Jimmy Carter, a former chief and former U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Georgia, as its interim police chief effective Monday, City Manager Bill Weeks said.

Carter had served 25 years on the Brunswick police force, the last seven as chief, before he retired to serve as U.S. marshal for the four years that George H.W. Bush was president.

Maj. Greg Post, who led the internal investigation into online training, has been interim chief and will report to Carter in his on-going role as operations officer, Weeks said.

Cornfield robot sprays fertilizer on plants

This summer a Minnesota startup began deploying an autonomous robot that rolls between corn plants spraying crop fertilizer.

The robot applies fertilizer while the plant is rapidly growing and needs it most. This eliminates the need for using tractors, which can damage the  high stalks, and reduces the amount of fertilizer needed earlier in the season, says Kent Cavender-Bares, CEO of the company, Rowbot. Further, by reducing the fertilizer, the robot reduces the amount of nitrogen that can end up polluting waterways after rainstorms.

As the machine travels between rows, it can spray two rows of corn on either side of the machine. It uses GPS to know when it’s reached the end of the field, and LIDAR, or laser-scanning, to make sure it stays between rows of mature cornstalks without hitting them. Although such fields could also be fertilized at any time via irrigation, only about 15 percent of U.S. cornfields are irrigated.

Rowbot developed its machine under a strategic partnership with Carnegie Robotics, which grew out of research at Carnegie-Mellon University. This summer Rowbot used its machine to fertilize 50 acres of corn, at a charge of $10 per acre plus the cost of fertilizer.

MIT Technology Review.

Atlanta at epicenter of Apple's next industry disrupting quake - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta at epicenter of Apple’s next industry disrupting quake

For Apple, the road to its next billion-dollar market connects through Atlanta.

The consumer electronics leviathan has trained its lasers on the financial payments market — one in which Atlanta is a global hub.

About 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed annually run through companies based in Georgia. Four of the top 20 American Banker FinTech 100 companies are headquartered in the Peach State.

Apple (NYSE: AAPL) will announce, at an event Tuesday afternoon, a new mobile payments system that will transform its mobile devices into credit cards — no fumbling for wallets, or card-swiping required. The company will also launch the iPhone 6, in two sizes.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple appears to have finally embraced Near Field Communication (NFC) technology — equipping new hardware with a chip that allows information to be wirelessly and securely transmitted between devices.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Charlton County High School students select Mr. CCHS, Miss Shilofohaw

Charlton County High School students Fred Howard III and Savannah Kern are Mr. CCHS and Miss Shilofohaw for 2014. Howard is the son of Tammy Howard and the late Fred Howard Jr. Kern is the daughter of Brian and Stoney Kern. The students are selected from the senior honor court. They must have participated in extra-curricular activities and must have a spotless discipline record to be eligible for the honor.

via Charlton County Herald

‘Two old guys’ turn reclaimed wood into unique furniture

Hondo Ritchie’s special talent has led him to a new business.“I can read the wood.”

Ritchie is half of the “two old guys’’ workforce at Island Sea Design along with Francis Antczak, who got fed up with the antique business and is finally doing what he wants.

“I wanted an American business,’’ Antczak said. “We cut wood. It’s all grown in America.”

Waycross police looking for man who attacked woman

Police said they are looking for a man who attacked a woman in Waycross in December.

According to the Waycross Police Department, a female was attacked by a man she believes is mentally challenged.

Police said the attack took place in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive near Highway 84.

According to the police department, the man spoke very slowly.

Police said the man last wore a black sweatshirt with a hoodie pulled tight to his face.

He is 6 feet tall and is between his 20s and 30s.

If you have information about the man, call 287-2989.

Sex offender wanted in Camden County arrested

Deputies in Camden County said a wanted sex offender was arrested Wednesday.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were searching for 44-year-old Jerry L. Dixon earlier this morning.

Deputies said Dixon was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Dixon was first charged with sexual battery against a child under 16 years old.

Waycross man pleads guilty to enticement of minors

Donnell Cornelius Shavers, 22, of Waycross  pleaded guilty earlier this week before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to enticement of minors to engage in sex acts and to the production of child pornography.

Shavers will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U. S. Probation Office.

The case against Shavers and his codefendant Jacques Donte Taylor arose out of a joint investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, with additional assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U. S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

WJCL News.

Paula Deen gets 10-acre tribute portrait in Odum


When Paula Deen makes her big appearance in southeast Georgia later this year, it will be her second biggest one in the area. That’s because the other one will be so big that it literally takes up a 10-acre corn field.

Officials with Poppell Farms of Odum recently announced that the Savannah-based celebrity chef and her family will make a personal appearance at their farm on Oct. 5 and, in her honor, the farm will commission a full-sized corn maze in her likeness that the public will get to enjoy.

WJCL News.

Group discusses replacement storefronts for downtown Jesup

By Derby Waters

With the sound of an excavator working just across the street, a group met Thursday afternoon in the Jesup Depot to discuss storefronts that will be built to replace those lost in the Aug. 4 downtown fire.

Cleanup has begun, and Van Williamson plans to start construction on the replacement building as soon as the cleanup is completed. He said the lot should be cleaned of the fire debris by the end of the week.

The Williamson family members were on hand to hear from community leaders and Julien de Rocher, a community design specialist from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Williamson said he plans to build a steel structure to replace the lost building that was built nearly 100 years ago. He said he is willing to listen to ideas of how the fronts of the stores should look so that the downtown appearance might be enhanced.

via The Press-Sentinel

Jeep ‘death wobble’ leaves drivers shaken and looking for answers

Imagine driving down the highway and having your car suddenly start to shake violently. It’s been happening to Jeep owners across the country. The ABC7 News I-Team has been looking into it and has the results of its investigation.

The shaking is so violent and shocking that many Jeep owners call it the “death wobble.” The I-Team knows of no one who has died, but we’ve obtained public records that link the problem to some serious accidents.

It is a scary experience — a violent shaking in the front end of the car that usually hits at highway speed when you make a turn or hit a bump.

Videos from YouTube show how frequently it happens to some Jeep owners. It’s become so common it has a nickname — the “death wobble” — because it is so jarring.

“The whole font end of the vehicle shakes back and forth,” Jeep owner Christopher O’Halloran said.

“It literally feels like the front end of your vehicle is going to shake apart,” Jeep owner Jeri McNeill said.

Georgia attorney general defends staff in wake of $10,000 fine

State lawyers handling a lawsuit against the state ethics commission were dealing with a “difficult client” who acted inappropriately in withholding key documents, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday in response to his office being fined $10,000 by a judge in the case.

Olens defended the attorneys in his office who handled the lawsuit filed by the former director of the ethics commission, saying they acted “ethically and responsibly.” Olens added he disagreed with the judge’s decision to fine his office but had yet to decide whether to appeal.

“Unlike lawyers in private practice that get to withdraw from representation when you have a difficult client, we don’t have the same luxury,” Olens said. “Unfortunately we have learned a lot of facts in the case post-trial that we would have preferred to have learned pre-trial.”

Pierce commissioners consider various ways to raise taxes

A proposed user fee fell by the wayside and commissioners are now looking at a blended approach including the use of special tax districts, a millage rate increase, a two and a half percent across the board budget cut and fee increases to balance the county budget.

Still, the wait for a decision on county finances continues as no final decision was reached Thursday night. Commissioners discussed the budget for another two hours during the most recent session. The county commission has, so far, met three times for a total of five hours, with no final decisions yet.

A much-debated user fee fell by the wayside in favor of creating special tax districts county-wide to fund EMS and parks and recreation.

County attorney Willis Blacknall III explained the special tax districts would be better legally, since there would be no way to force collection of a user fee.

via The Blackshear Times

Moth Project: Georgia Southern studies shrinking pollinator populations

An exhibit at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro will explore the impact of declining insect populations on the pollination of trees and flowers.

GSU officials say The Moth Project will run from Sept. 11 through Sept. 17 and is focused on exploring the decline of pollinator populations – like honeybees – and a need to search for alternative pollination solutions.

WJCL News.

Antique table from Carnegies’ mansion returned to Glynn library

When Brunswick-Glynn County library trustees meet Wednesday, their elbows will rest on something familiar.

A Jacksonville-based moving company hauled an antique conference table back from Jesup where Linda Kean, the now-departed director of Three Rivers Regional Library, had it moved in July 2013.

“This will be their first meeting around this table instead of the white picnic table and the folding chairs,’’ said Geri Mullis, director of the one-county Marshes of Glynn Regional Library.

Budget committee says no tax increase for Charlton

Segazine SIt still has to be approved by the full commission, but the Charlton County budget committee has come up with a 2015 budget which requires no millage rate increase.

As advertised elsewhere in this newspaper, the county has proposed a $9.26 million budget for next year. The proposal will result in a millage rate reduction of 2/100s.

“The goal of the budget committee was always to have no tax increase,” County Administrator Al Crace told the Herald last week. “It wasn’t easy, but we got it all inside the box.”

via Charlton County Herald

American Textile adding 100 jobs in Tifton

American Textile Company will expand its Tifton operations by investing $10 million and creating more than 100 new jobs during the next three years.

The Duquesne, Pa.–based company’s 418,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility currently employs 200. With its newest expansion, ATC will grow employment and sales with a strategy to manufacture and ship most items from four strategically located sites in the United States, according to the Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.

ATC President and CEO Lance Ruttenburg said consumer demand for American-made products, coupled with rising freight costs and overseas wages, has made it financially viable for companies to expand in the United States.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

DuPont withdraws Wayne mining permit request, may re-draft

DuPont has requested that its application for a permit for surface mining in Wayne County be withdrawn.

Although not totally clear how or when, the company apparently plans to redraft its plans for mining here. It appears the company is still interested in mining here at some point in the future—but it is now willing to listen to local residents.

With hundreds of local residents joining in opposition to a plan by the company, Clement J. Hilton, plant manager for DuPont in Starke, Fla., sent a request for withdrawal of the application to Kelly Adams, head of the surface mining unit of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“DuPont requests to withdraw our surface mining permit application for the Amelia A & B project. DuPont will take this time to address various points raised in recent meetings within Jessup (sic),” Hilton wrote.

via The Press-Sentinel

CSX: Film crew denied track access twice before Wayne crash

CSX Transportation twice denied producers of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman permission to shoot on its railroad tracks before a freight train slammed into the film’s crew in south Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six, the company said in court documents.

Legal filings in Chatham County State Court mark the first time Florida-based railroad operator CSX has made any publicly available statement about the Feb. 20 crash involving one of its trains and the crew of the movie “Midnight Rider.” Lawsuits have been filed against CSX and the film’s producers by the parents of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed in the collision, and two injured crew members. Director Randall Miller and two other top executives on the production have also been indicted on criminal charges.

via CSX Says Film Crew Was Denied Track Access Before Crash | The Daily Report.

One-year-old dies in Brantley

The death of a 1-year-old Brantley County child Sunday, despite attempts to perform CPR, remains under investigation this week.

Brantley deputies responded to the 13000 block of Raybon Road west in reference to a Code Red.  When deputies arrived Amy Lee was performing CPR on Haylea Davis.  Deputies took over CPR until the EMS units arrived but he coroner pronounced Davis dead at the scene.

VA nurse gets 5 yearsfor bogus worker’s comp claims

A VA nurse from Glennwood, will serve five years in federal prison and must repay $450,000 in federal funds she received by filing bogus worker’s compensation claims, the U.S. attorney said.

Loretta Smith, 41, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to two counts of mail fraud in the mailing of the fraudulent claims and Senior U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen sentenced her Friday in Dublin, where Smith had worked as a nurse at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

In a charging document, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Smith had filed claims between July 2009 and February 2013 in which she falsely asserted she been injured on the job and had traveled for medical treatment and had paid for the treatment.

DuPont tells Wayne residents about mining plans

A standing-room-only crowd of some 300 local residents filled the main building at Cracker Williams Recreation Center Tuesday night to discuss plans by the DuPont corporation to mine in Wayne County.

Heavy attendance at meetings of the county commissioners and a push for a local zoning ordinance are expected to follow this first meeting called by the Concerned Neighbors of Wayne County.

Concerned residents in the area of the proposed mines, elected officials, the environmental savvy and the just-interested listened to speakers discuss what DuPont’s permit request to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may mean for the county.

via The Press-Sentinel

St. Simons man among 4 dead in Ohio plane crash

School officials say the three passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in Ohio were members of the varsity wrestling team for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The three wrestlers have been identified as 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio, 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland, and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia. The 20-year-old pilot, William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan, also was killed.

University officials said Felten and Marcelli were second-year students, while Hill and Pishevar were freshmen.

Marcelli graduated from Jackson High School in Massillon and twice qualified for Ohio’s state wrestling tournament.

The plane crashed and then exploded shortly after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Regional Airport in suburban Cleveland about 10 p.m. Monday. The four men were trapped inside the wreckage.

Brunswick man gets life for 2013 murder


A 33-year-old Brunswick man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 murder of a man, who was found stabbed to death in a burnt out car, prosecutors said.

Keyarn Filer was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the murder of Fullmore, who was found dead in the driver’s seat of a burning 1991 Ford Explorer near Old Jesup Road back in September 2013, the District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

An autopsy revealed Fullmore had been stabbed several times, prosecutors said.

Filer was convicted on charges of malice murder and arson in the case. In court Monday, he apologized to the court and Fullmore’s family, prosecutors said.

via Brunswick man gets life for 2013 murder.

Four arrested in traffic stop by Brantley deputies

Four people were arrested in a traffic stop by Brantley County deputies made when, during routine patrol, deputies observed the suspect vehicle with a  tag light that was not working and initiated a stop.

Tina Burgess,39, was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension of criminal and tag light required.  Darvin Mancil, 23, was arrested and charged with outstanding warrants/willful obstruction of law enforcement, Bobby Mancil, 28, was arrested and charged with outstanding warrants and willful obstruction of law enforcement, and Tina McDowell, 34, was charged with littering from a motor vehicle. 

Occupants of the vehicle tried to walk away from the scene and gave a false name for one of the men in the vehicle.  Both of the males tried to elude deputies but were quickly apprehended.

In other arrests:

Judi Gavalas,66, was arrested and charged with DUI-Controlled Substance/Driving without a Valid License/Weaving over Roadway.  Deputies made a traffic stop on Gavalas for crossing over the fog line into the grass several times.   Gavalas stated she had taken hydrocodone and that could be why she was weaving.  She was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

William Kennedy, 50, was arrested and charged with Theft by Shoplifting.  Deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General on Cleveland Street in reference to theft by shoplifting.  The offender was still on the scene when deputies arrived.  They spoke with Kennedy and he gave them a pack of tagless tanks he had taken from the store without paying for.  Kennedy was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center. 

Tony Johns, 54, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule ii controlled substance, drugs not in original container, driving while license suspended, and operating restrictions on off-road.  Deputies got out with Johns for driving his ATV on the paved road.  His license was found to be suspended and a pill bottle was found with different prescription medication inside of it.  

Charles Boyett, 31, was arrested and charged with Driving while license suspended, DUI-alcohol and weaving over roadway.  Deputies observed Boyett cross the fog line into the grass and then cross over the center line.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop and they could smell an odor of alcohol coming from Boyett’s person.  It was also discovered that his license was suspended.    A breath test confirmed the presence of alcohol.  

In other activity:

Deputies responded 0n 08-22-2014 to the 900 block of Picketts Mill Trail in reference to disorderly conduct/unruly juvenile.  Complainant stated the juvenile had left school early and went to his grandparent’s home in Florida without permission.  When the juvenile returned home he started cussing and picked up a knife threatening to harm himself and threw the knife at the wall. A juvenile complaint form was filled out.  Deputies responded to this residence a second time in reference to Disorderly Conduct/Unruly Juvenile.    Complainant stated their son was acting out and throwing things around because he could not do what he wanted.   A juvenile complaint form was filled out.  On 8-24-2014 deputies were called back to this residence in reference to the same complaints.  The juvenile had punched a hole in the door and broke a cell phone.  Another juvenile complaint form was filled out.  

Deputies responded to Fifth Avenue in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant stated that someone had taken some mail from their mail box.

Deputies responded to Otter Road in reference to criminal trespass.  Complainant stated two juveniles were spotted trying to take their cat.  They were told to put the cat down and they left.

Deputies responded to the 200 block of Plantation Drive in reference to theft by taking or burglary.   Complainant stated that someone had made entry into the home through the back door and taken several items including a nebulizer and a wooden flag case. 

Deputies responded to a criminal damage to property call that occurred in the 19000 block of U.S. Highway 82.  Complainant stated that someone at this location had damaged his car by scratching the top and the sides with an unknown object.

Deputies responded to Baker Hill Road in reference to stalking.  Complainant stated he saw a subject standing in the yard with a baseball.  The offender had previously been told not to come back to the property.  The offender was not located at the time of the report.

Deputies were dispatched to the Friendly Express on Georgia Highway 520 in reference to theft by shoplifting.  The suspect was gone when deputies arrived.  The complainant said that the suspect got a pair of sunglasses and went to the restroom.  The suspect discarded the tags in the restroom and left the store.  

Deputies responded to King Street in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant said that someone stole a bottle of prescription medication.  

Deputies responded to Georgia Highway 520 near Hoboken in reference to criminal trespass and theft by taking.  Complainant said there were some people picking palmetto berries on their property and they did not have permission to do so.  The offenders had permission to pick on the land beside the complainant’s property but must have gotten confused.

Deputies responded to the Dollar General in Hoboken in reference to theft by shoplifting.    Complainant said a while female concealed a sports bra and a pair of shorts on her person.  The complainant asked the female to remove the items and the female walked out of the store.  The female was gone when deputies arrived.  

Deputies responded to Saw Grass Road in reference to burglary.  Complainant said that when he arrived home the back door was open and a window was broken.  The home had been vandalized but nothing appeared to be missing.   

Deputies responded to High Bluff Road near Silver Lake Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant said that the offender took his dog and posted a picture on Facebook trying to locate the owner.  Another person claimed the dog and the offender will not contact the complainant.  

Rep. wants to make hospital authorities more accountable

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, met with state officials this week to discuss proposed legislation to make hospital authorities across the state more accountable.

Spencer said he introduced legislation to address the issue during the General Assembly session earlier this year, but the bill died because it’s too complicated.

“This is a comprehensive bill that will require a lot of discussion,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “There are several weaknesses to the Georgia Hospital Authorities Law that have contributed to many rural hospital closures across the state. Particularly, the audits provisions are the weakest and the governance structure of hospital authority boards are too political. These are the provisions that are under discussion for revision.”

This bill will take several discussions to move in order to implement better changes in the law, he said.

via The Brunswick News

Something has to give to cover Pierce County’s projected $350,000 hole in the county budget

The county tax rate may not be increasing this year, but a user fee remains on the table as the county commission looks for $350,000 to balance the 2015 budget.

Commissioners unanimously agreed not to raise the millage rate during their most recent budget hearing last Tuesday night. Commissioners have, so far, met for three hours over two meetings discussing the 2015 budget.

The board is struggling to make up a projected deficit, however, which grew from $138,000 to almost $350,000 during the work session.

In the initial presentation, county manager Paul Christian projected a deficit of $138,000 due almost entirely to new security measures put in place at the courthouse and annex in response to the “Guns everywhere” bill.

via The Blackshear Times

South Georgia’s unemployment up to 9.5 percent in July

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region increased to 9.5 percent in July, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in June. The rate was also 9.5 percent in July a year ago.

The July rate increase is primarily due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services. However most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.

Also, there were 1,534 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in July, an increase of 271, or 21.5 percent, from 1,263 in June. Most of the increase was due to claims filed in administrative and support services. There were 2,031 claims filed in July 2013, down 24.5 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at

Grisamore: We’re losing our storytellers

The world is losing its storytellers. Time keeps marching them out of the margins.

They are becoming like the milkman, who used to tiptoe to the door by the dawn’s early light. They are going the way of cowboys, chimney sweeps, soda jerks and switchboard operators. One day, they may become as obsolete as scriveners and alchemists, and we will have to look them up the dictionary. (Or Google them.)

Storytellers are an endangered species in times when people communicate in tweets of 140 or fewer characters. Telling stories is becoming a lost art in the age of posting, texting and storing notes on electronic tablets instead of toting canvas book bags.

Strange bacteria colonies removed from Savannah River Site

Mysterious bacteria growing on Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel storage basins have been removed using a special vacuum.

The rare, bacterial colonies that resemble cobwebs were discovered in 2011 during routine surveillance of the L Disassembly Basin, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded. Scientists studied samples and determined the white, stringy “cobwebs” were made up of a broad variety of bacteria and a few types of microbes….

The Augusta Chronicle.

Savannah State students organizing local rally for Ferguson shooting

A local rally is planned Aug. 23 to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer in Missouri.

The Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., sparked nightly protests — several of them heated and met with police in riot gear armed with assault weapons — in the St. Louis suburb, and has raised questions nationwide about racial discrimination and police brutality.

Demonstrations of solidarity with the protestors have been held in several cities across the country, including Atlanta, since protesting in Ferguson and a federal investigation into Brown’s death became national news.

Brantley deputies arrest AC theft suspect

Brantley County deputies arrested a 29-year-old man who was caught in the process of allegedly stealing an air conditioning unit.

William Bladow was arrested and charged with theft by taking and criminal damage to property.  Deputies responded to Santa Fe Road where the complainant was standing by with Bladow.  Complainant stated he walked around the back of his house and saw Bladow taking the unit.  

Bladow was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

In other arrests:

Ricky Hatcher (39) was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended/knowingly making a false statement.  Deputies spotted a vehicle that was involved in a previous incident and made a traffic stop.  It was determined that the Hatcher had a suspended license.  

Tony McSpadden (49) was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the McSpadden and verified that his license was suspended.  McSpadden was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

In other activity:

Deputies spoke with the complainant at the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office in reference to entering automobile/identity theft fraud that occurred in the 1800 block of Riverside Road.  Complainant stated that someone entered his vehicle and took his debit card and then used it at several locations in Brunswick. 

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Sweet Water Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant stated that some checks were taken from his residence and the offender forged them and cashed them in Savannah. 

Deputies responded to Fred Couper Road in reference to burglary and cruelty to animals.  Complainant claims that someone made entry into his home and killed one of his dogs.  There were other dogs in the home that were not harmed and nothing was reported missing.  

Deputies responded to the 7000 block of Central Avenue in reference to criminal damage to property.  Complainant stated that an unknown subject had scratched both sides of his vehicle.  

Deputies responded to the 1000 block of Taylor Bay Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant stated that two batteries were taken from the property.

Deputies responded to the 14000 block of Georgia Highway 110 West in reference to criminal trespass.  Complainant stated he rode by his neighbor’s house and noticed the offenders out by the neighbor’s 4-wheeler.  The complainant did not see the neighbor home so he stopped to see what was going on.  The offender did not give a reason for being there and left the property.  When the home owner arrived home he discovered the front door of the residence open. 

Deputies responded to BellField Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant stated that an unknown person took his Craftsman push mower.

Deputies responded to Allen Road in reference to theft by taking.  Complainant said he sold a truck to the offender and there was a gold plated candle holder inside the vehicle that the offender was supposed to return.  At this time the offender has not returned the candle holder.

Brunswick High Pirates moving to 3-AAAAA

The Brunswick High Pirates struggled in the powerhouse Region 1-6A last season, playing against some of the top teams in the state. This year, they’re dropping down to Region 3-AAAAA and bringing a lot of talented players with them.

“I think we’re in the correct classification now and it’s where we probably should’ve been all along,” head coach Victor Floyd said. “I’m excited about going back and competing.”

D’ante Demery, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound sophomore tackle, will anchor an offensive line charged with protecting quarterback Randon Jernigan. The freshman is taking the place of graduated Cory Dixon, last year’s Region 1 offensive player of the year.

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Wayne residents wary of duPont’s plans for titanium mine

Environmentalists are marshalling Wayne County residents to demand local ordinances to control the scope of DuPont’s plans to mine titanium oxide, zircon and other minerals from 2,254 acres it has leased near Jesup.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Inc. of Starke filed an application for a surface mining permit on May 2 with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a 4,063-acre site it describes as the Amelia A & B mine.

The company says in its application it plans to use scrappers and track hoes to excavate mineral sands from the sites. The 1,318-acre A site is south of U.S 341 between Jesup and Odum and north of Holmesville Road, and the 2,744-acre B site is east of U.S. 84 between Jesup and Screven.

Clock ticking to apply for deer quota hunts

Hunters wishing to apply for a chance at a deer quota hunt need to get online soon!  An online quota application must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Georgia’s deer quota hunts provide a diversity of opportunities on some well-managed properties,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section.  “We have experienced a 25-30 percent increase in deer quota hunt applications over the past several years.  Interest, especially among young people, is high in these popular opportunities and we expect to receive in excess of 14,000 applications this year.”

Deer quota opportunities include hunts on wildlife management areas and state park lands, dog-deer hunting and adult/child hunting opportunities.

Georgia DNR

High-speed chase involves Long, Wayne law officers

A Saturday-night high-speed chase involved a total of five law-enforcement offices as a Ludowici woman apparently was intent on eluding officers.

At around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the Long County Sheriff’s Office and the Ludowici Police Department alerted Wayne County that a driver, later identified as Luz A. Steiner, 49, was about to enter Wayne County at a high rate of speed.

Officers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Jesup Police Department became involved in the chase. One deputy reported speeds in excess of 100 mph during part of the pursuit.

via The Press-Sentinel

Postal Service begins search for new Jekyll Island post office

It’s been a year since the Jekyll Island Authority announced it had negotiated a deal to keep a U.S. post office on the island while sacrificing home delivery.

A year later, the U.S. Postal Service is just starting its search for a new site for the post office once a temporary facility is closed and there wasn’t so much as a whisper at Monday’s Jekyll Island Authority board meeting Monday about stopping home delivery.

Metro Atlanta population hits nearly 4.3 million

Metro Atlanta is in the midst of a post-Great Recession population growth rebound and now claims 4,272,300 residents, Atlanta Regional Commission reported.

Between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, the 10-county Atlanta region added 52,700 new residents — the largest single-year growth since the financial meltdown. Those counties are Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Opinion: Questionable enforcement of city’s building code

The dilapidated property owned by State Sen. Lester Jackson’s mother isn’t the only recent case that raises questions about possible selective enforcement of the city’s building code.

On Sunday, this newspaper reported another example — property once owned by a prominent real estate broker.

These two cases alone aren’t evidence of a deeper issue within a city agency that’s responsible for making sure that property owners maintain buildings at minimum safety and health standards. A more thorough look is required.

Councilman turns himself in on racketeering charges

City Councilman Anthony Coleman said he was feeling “great” as he walked into the Cobb County jail on Monday to turn himself in on one charge of violating the Georgia Racketeering Act and three charges of making false statements.

Wearing a suit and smiling as he climbed the steps to the jail, Coleman said, “I woke up today, and that’s a blessing.”

About one-and-a-half hours after he entered the jail, Coleman was released on $1,000 bond, said Nancy Bodiford, spokeswoman for Sheriff Neil Warren.

Coleman’s attorney, Tom Browning, said he talked to Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin, the lead prosecutor in Coleman’s case, to reduce the bond Monday to $1,000 from the $100,000 originally set by the DA.

via The Marietta Daily Journal

Hate group spreads circulars in Bryan County

Single-sheet circulars bearing the name of the National Socialist Movement and its logo, which includes a swastika, were distributed in areas of north Bryan County last weekend.

The circulars were wrapped around old sections of the Savannah Morning News and other area publications and dropped at the end of driveways inside clear plastic bags.

An Ellabell resident, Jeff Cook, whose wife found one Sunday morning, said he was puzzled by what he saw.

“She brought it in and showed it to me. I didn’t think this was something the newspaper would be doing,” he said.

Hall fire chief relieved of command after truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

Jeff Hood has been named interim fire chief.

During a training exercise in July, firefighters TJ Elliott, Stephen Jackson and Will Griffin were seriously injured when the bucket atop a fire truck ladder fell 44 feet. Elliott and Jackson were both airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, while Griffin was treated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Gainesville Times

David Prisant resigns from inner city board

Less than a week after walking out in frustration from a board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, board member David Prisant has resigned from that board.

##In a guest column that appears on today’s Perspectives page, Prisant wrote that the majority of the seven-member board had lost sight of its obligation to look after the best interest of the taxpayers in the community. He said his resignation was a decision he made “to protect my health.”

Albany Herald.

State officials offer online deer hunting application

Georgia wildlife officials are encouraging deer hunters to fill out an online application that will allow them to participate in this season’s deer quota hunt.

Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division officials say the deadline to submit an application for deer quota hunting is Sept. 1.

Game management chief John Bowers says the state has seen a 25 to 30 percent increase in the number of deer quota hunt applications over the past few years and more young people are getting involved in hunting.


GIAHA awards $500 scholarship to Brown

awardGolden Isles Arts & Humanities has awarded the $500 Roberta M. Born Scholarship in the arts and humanities to Caleb D. Brown, a 2014 graduate of Glynn Academy High School.  The scholarship is named in honor of Roberta Born. Born served as a board member for the organization and was a Glynn County educator who had a strong understanding of the importance of the arts, particularly arts in education. 

“Caleb is the ideal candidate to receive this scholarship,” said Board Member Jackie Turbidy. “He is an accomplished performer both as an actor and a singer. His goal to pursue a career in the performing arts is commendable. He has the passion and commitment to make it in this field and the board is pleased to present him with this scholarship to help him achieve his goals.”  Caleb is the son of C. Michelle Krauss and will be attending LaGrange College this fall.    

The Roberta Born Scholarship is made possible with the support of a donation from the Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Foundation.  For more information on the Roberta Born Scholarship or the other Arts Education programs that are provided to the community, please contact Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at 912-262-6934 or 

Golden Isles Arts and Humanities board members Michele Jamieson and Lori Lambright, left, pose with Caleb D. Brown, scholarship winner, and Heather Heath, executive director of the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities, and Golden Isles Arts and Humanities board member Elizabeth Weatherly. 

Brantley woman charged with abandoning baby after traffic stop

sheriff capMisty Daniels, 27, was arrested and charged with giving false name, abandonment of dependent child and obstructing or hindering after she fled the scene of a traffic stop, leaving her child in the vehicle.

Deputies got out with the offender at Elm Circle and when they asked her name she gave them the wrong name.  While deputies were talking to the other parties Daniels fled the scene leaving her baby there.  A short while later Daniels was located and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center. 

.  Deputies got out with the offender at Elm Circle and when they asked her name she gave them the wrong name.  While deputies were talking to the other parties Daniels fled the scene leaving her baby there.  A short while later Daniels was located and transported to the Brantley County Detention Center. 

In other arrests:

• Johnathan Rogers (37) was arrested and charged with DUI/Endangering a Child x2/and Traffic Violations.  Deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle with a cracked windshield and while speaking with the driver noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The alco sensor test revealed the presence of alcohol.  There were two young children in the vehicle with Rogers.  

• John Hite (49) was arrested and charged with DUI and other Traffic Violations.  Deputies received a call to Barlow Rd in reference to someone driving up and down the road almost hitting mailboxes.  Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver.   Mr. Hite was asked to exit the vehicle and if he would take a field sobriety test which he consented to.  The test revealed Hite was intoxicated and he was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center. 

• William Sweat (30) was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine/possession of a schedule ii controlled substance/possession of a schedule iv controlled substance/possession of a schedule iii controlled substance/drugs not in original container/driving while license suspended.  Deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was weaving.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Sweat, and asked for a driver’s license.  Sweat stated he did not have one.  A check through the system confirmed this statement.  A search of Sweat revealed a small plastic bag containing pills. An inventory of the vehicle showed the presence of suspected meth.   Sweat was transported to the Brantley County Detention Center.

• David Davis (44) was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended.  Clinton Holder (36) was issued a citation for possession and use of drug related objects. Deputies got out with a vehicle that had pulled off the roadway for a second time.  It was confirmed the driver, Davis, had a suspended license.  There was a package lying on the floor and the driver gave consent to look inside.  There were drug related items inside which Holder admitted to being his.  

• Melissa Johnson (38) was arrested and charged with DUI/Weaving/County Ordinance Alcohol Violation.  Deputies were dispatched to Murphy Rd in reference to Criminal Trespass.  The complainant stated their ex had just left the house and she was intoxicated.  Deputies drove around the area and spotted the vehicle coming toward them and as it got closer the suspect vehicle drove in the ditch.  Deputies smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Johnson and she did test positive for alcohol. 

In other action:

• Deputies responded to the 200 block of Barlow Rd in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that several food items as well as a cell phone were taken from the residence.

• Deputies responded to Elm Circle in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that the offender took a washer and dryer and some collectibles. 

• Deputies responded to Hwy 301 North in reference to Harassment.  The complainant stated there is a court order that the offender and the complainant are to avoid contact with each other.  The complainant stated that the offender has been following them and they have also received messages from the offender.  

• Deputies responded to the 300 block of J Foot Lane in reference to Criminal Trespass.  The complainant stated that when the mail carrier went to place the mail inside the box they discovered a dead rattle snake and called the complainant.  

• Deputies responded to Hughes St in reference to Criminal Trespass.  Complainant stated the offender was standing between two boats under a shelter and jumped the fence when they saw the complainant.  

• Deputies responded to the 2700 block of Sears Rd in reference to Terroristic Threats and Acts.  Complainant stated that the offender threatened to drag them outside and beat them. 

• Deputies responded to Charlton Visiting Nurses in reference to Sent Dead Flowers.  Complainant stated that they had received dead flowers from an unknown subject.

• Deputies responded to Chicora Rd in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that prescription medication was taken from their mailbox.

• Deputies responded to the 100 block of Waterpump Rd in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that their prescription medication had been stolen.

• Deputies responded to the 100 block of Twin Flower Trail in reference to Theft by Taking.  Complainant stated that something that was delivered to them was taken from their mailbox.

• Deputies responded to Buford Hwy in reference to Theft by Deception.  Complainant stated that someone made a credit card purchase without their knowledge in another county.

• Deputies responded to the 900 block of Stafford Rd in reference to Burglary/Theft by Taking/Criminal Trespass.  Complainant stated that an unknown subject had stolen several collectible knives from a storage building on the property.  

Valdosta Family Dollar robber caught in Clinch

The Valdosta Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, have caught the suspect in an armed robbery at the Family Dollar on Central Avenue.

On Sunday, at approximately 6:44 pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the Family Dollar, 512 E. Central Avenue in reference to the report of an armed robbery. Officers arrived and were told that an African American male had entered the store, displayed what appeared to be a handgun wrapped up in a t-shirt, then removed an undisclosed amount of money out of the cash register.

Valdosta Today

Brunswick area reporting record tourism year

Coastal Brunswick and its neighboring islands are reporting record tax figures that show how tourism is booming.

The Brunswick News reports ( ) the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, during its fiscal year that ended June 30, for the first time saw lodging tax revenues exceed $5 million. Overall lodging revenues exceeded $107 million.

Scott McQuade, the CVB’s executive director, says the numbers show tourism is making a strong comeback in the area, which was hit hard by the 2008 recession. His organization promotes tourism in Brunswick as well as St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Jekyll Island.

Hotel tax revenues are a key indicator for tourism officials. And McQuade says collections in fiscal 2014 were up a whopping 34 percent compared with four years ago.

Narcotics agents bust trio in Savannah meth sting

Two area residents and one Albany native are in Savannah jail after they attempted to sell large quantities of meth to Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) agents Thursday evening.

On Thursday evening, CNT agents purchased over two ounces of methamphetamine from a 31 year old Albany man at one of the motels in the I-95/Highway 204 area. Two individuals from west Chatham County were also participants in this incident.

WJCL News.

OSHA cites Allman film company in Wayne train crash

Federal workplace safety regulators have issued citations against a movie production company in a Georgia train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six others while they were shooting a biographical film about singer Gregg Allman.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday proposed $74,900 in fines against Film Allman LLC, a company incorporated in 2013 to make the movie “Midnight Rider.”

WJCL News.

Report: Nunn bought land near Brunswick with lobbyists

Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D) bought a swath of Georgia land with two registered lobbyists, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nunn and her husband, along with her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn D-Ga., and two of her father’s former staffers who are now registered lobbyists, secured a $2 million loan and bought 85 acres of land near Brunswick with plans to develop it.

During the 2008 economic downturn they decided instead to preserve it with a “conservation easement contract” with a land trust that kept the area from being preserved — and allows them to get tax breaks for preserving the marshland.


Seasonal layoffs causes rise in Georgia unemployment rate

State labor officials say Georgia’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.8 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new jobless figure, which is up from 7.4 percent in June.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is mostly due to temporary, seasonal layoffs in local government and manufacturing.

Butler said the state’s employment picture is continuing to show positive signs. He said private employers in the state created 8,200 jobs in July.

Brunswick day care shut down after baby’s death

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) said it has issued an Order for Intended Emergency Closure for a day care where a 3-month-old boy was found unresponsive in his crib Tuesday and later died.

DECAL Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin said in a statement that in the case of Generation Kids Preschool Nursery, the agency “found that rule violations may have contributed to the death of a child.”

VPD Search for Suspect in Early Morning Shooting

The Valdosta Police Department is currently searching for the suspect in a shooting that occurred early this morning at Club Dreams.

According to the report, at approximately 1:55 am the Valdosta Police Department responded to Club Dreams, 2159 Bemiss Road, in reference to the report of gunshots being fired and persons injured. Officers arrived and were told that as people were exiting the club, a fight broke out in the parking lot, and at least one person pulled out a gun and fired multiple

Valdosta Today 

New judge named to Lowndes County State Court

Gov. Nathan Deal announced his second judicial appointment Wednesday, this time to Lowndes County State Court.

Workers’ compensation lawyer Ellen Golden will join the court, filling a new judgeship created by the passage of House Bill 986 during this year’s General Assembly.

Golden, a partner at Ryan & Golden in Valdosta, earned her law degree from Mercer University. According to her firm’s website, Golden started her career in general practice before working as an assistant district attorney in the Alapaha Judicial Circuit. She left the public sector in 2000 to begin her workers’ compensation practice.

At first, Golden represented employers and insurance companies, her site states. Now, she represents “select defense clients” and injured workers.

The Daily Report.

Efforts under way to help in Jesup fire recovery

Efforts are gathering steam to help several local businesses recover from a devastating fire in downtown Jesup Monday night.

Most notably, the Jesup Downtown Development Authority has set up the Jesup DDA Fire Fund Account at SunTrust Bank. Donations can be made at SunTrust or at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

The St. Joseph’s/Candler health system in Savannah donated $5,000 Thursday morning, DDA Chair Joe Ierardi said.

“The city attorney is going to have to tell us what we can and can’t use it for legally,” Ierardi said of the fund.

via The Press-Sentinel

Chatham officials: Shooting coverage not overblown

Chatham County leaders aren’t too happy with some in Savannah’s city hall attacking the media for its coverage on the recent gun violence. During Friday’s commissioners meeting some made it a point to say they had no problem with the media attention to 24 shootings across Savannah this past month.

On Thursday WJCL told you how some Savannah aldermen weren’t happy with the media after they learned from Metro police that gun violence is slightly down compared to last year. Alderman Van Johnson told us, “I mean the reality of it is that the media is in business to make news and those who make the more sensational headlines and the better top story, obviously do better.”

WJCL News.

32 Savannians sentenced in WIC fraud investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that over 30 Savannah residents were sentenced this week as part of a massive Georgia Women, Infant, and Children (“WIC”) Program fraud case involving a fake grocery store on Victory Drive.

All 32 participants pleaded guilty and were sentenced this week before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Graham for their roles in selling their WIC vouchers and the vouchers of their minor children for cash.

WJCL News.

Odum woman pleads guilty to murder of mother, stepfather

An Odum woman was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after she pleaded guilty to murder and acknowledged that she helped her much younger boyfriend shoot her mother and stepfather to death.

Heather Tipton, 37, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Superior court to two counts each of murder and violating the state criminal street gang act and single counts of making a false statement to police and tampering with evidence, said John B. Johnson, the senior assistant prosecutor who was ready to take the case to trial Monday.

Students evacuated from Coastal Middle due to possible gas leak


Just before 8 a.m. Thursday Coastal Middle School students were evacuated to Islands High School due to reports of a small gas leak. Savannah police, fire and Atlanta Gas were called to the scene to investigate.

Officials have not yet released exactly what they discovered, but the all-clear for students to return was given around 8:30 a.m.  Coastal students will resume the day as normal.

 WJCL News.

Police hope stickers will help secure downtown

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the city’s Mobility and Parking Services Department have joined hands to help visitors to the downtown area keep their cars and property safe.

Operation “Lock Your Car” began this week when Parking Services and Metro Police began affixing the first of 5,000 stickers to parking meters and parking vending machines reminding drivers and their occupants to take precautions.

WJCL News.

Arrest made for false statement given in Valdosta murder

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one man after he gave a false statement about the death of Kendrick Johnson.

On Friday, July 18 Dalton Chauncey came to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and relayed that he had been present during a conversation in which two individuals made admissions that they caused the death of Kendrick Johnson in January 2013. According to the statement given by Chauncey, he only knew the first name of the individuals and that a third person, whom he did know was present and heard these admissions.

Valdosta Today 

Former Savannah-Chatham police chief faces new charges

A Tuesday re-indictment of the former police chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department added two new counts against him court documents revealed, Thursday.

Willie Clinton Lovett is now facing two separate counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during their investigation of an illegal gambling operation in which Lovett already faces seven other charges.

 WJCL News.

Four alligators removed from Hinesville pond

Four alligators found in a Hinesville pond will be finding a new home this week with the help of a local trapper.

Trapper Jack removed four gators from ponds in Hinesville’s Bryant Commons Park, Wednesday morning.

The city contracted Trapper Jack and his assistant Valerie Jones to remove the nuisance gators out of fear the scaly inhabitants may prove to be a danger to children who fish in the ponds during special events.

WJCL News.

St. Vincent’s, Bacon County hospital announce alliance

St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Bacon County Hospital in Alma have formed a strategic alliance that the systems say will provide better health care and wellbeing for the residents in their Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida services areas.

The two hospital systems signed the agreement Friday and there’s something in it for both, said Roger Boatright, chairman of the Bacon County Health Services Board.

“We’ll be purchasing through them. We can save about $600,000 a year in purchasing of supplies, equipment and other things. In return, we try to send our heart patients down there,’’ Boatright said.

Boatright said the hospital facilities are still owned by Bacon County and operated by a board that includes members of the publicly appointed Bacon County Hospital Authority.

“We’re still independent. We’re haven’t merged. We haven’t sold,’’ he said.

Glynn wants return of table donated by Carnegie family

Disputes are often resolved when people gather around a table to talk.

In Glynn County, however, one dispute is over a table itself, a big conference table that the Carnegie family donated to the Brunswick library about 40 years ago.

The massive table was in the library on the western end of Gloucester Street until about June 30, 2013. That’s when Linda Kean, then Three Rivers Regional Library Director, had it hauled off to Jesup when Glynn County evicted her and her staff.

Kean resigned last week, she said, to move somewhere north with her husband, Earl, who will practice law.

Child molestation alleged at Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home

Four people have been arrested after allegations of child molestation were made at the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home in Hahira.

On Friday, July 25, 2014, at approximately 5:00 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Jesus Gomez, 17, at the Valdosta DFACS Office, and charged him with child molestation. Gomez was a resident at the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home, Hahira, Georgia.

Valdosta Today

Excursions set for Okefenokee, Cumberland Island

Federal agencies that oversee Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia are planning weekend paddling excursions this fall for the public to explore their wildest corners.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have scheduled the paddling trips the weekend of Sept. 13 through 15 and day trips on Sept. 21 and 22. Visitors who sign up and pay admission fees in advance will get guided tours of each site’s federally protected wilderness areas.

The outings are planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act, which was adopted by Congress in 1964. Lands protected by the wilderness act are left undeveloped and largely untouched by man.

Three killed in head-on semi-car crash in Glynn

Three people died in a head-on collision on a heavily traveled Glynn County highway just after noon Wednesday.

The accident, which involved a semi tractor-trailer and a passenger car, occurred near the entrance to the port facilities on U.S. 17 South, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said.

Brunswick residents Benjamin Nelson and Christopher Wiggins and Jacksonville resident William Hester, all 23, died when the Subaru Impreza driven by Nelson collided with the semi tractor-trailer driven by Robert Lowe of Alabama, Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Ty Brooks said.

Bail denied for Waycross woman charged in death of child

A Waycross woman has been denied bond after being charged with murder for the death of a 3-year-old boy on Saturday.Karena Warden, 42, of 600 Summit Street, initially was charged with cruelty to a child in the first degree after the unresponsive child, Maliachi J’Quavion Smith, was taken to the Mayo Clinic Waycross where doctors could not revive him.A bond hearing was held Thursday morning, Capt. Danny Hampton of the Waycross Police Department said.

Waycross woman charged with murder of 3-year-old


A Waycross woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly punched and kicked a 3 year old boy to death.

Police in Waycross responded to the Mayo Health Clinic Saturday after a 3 year old boy was brought in unresponsive.The child later died, according to a release from the WPD.

An examination revealed the child had suffered multiple contusions consistent with being abused over a period of time.

The Waycross Police Department investigated the case as a homicide and arrested 42-year-old Karena Warden. The young boy was allegedly a guest in Warden’s home for approximately two months and had come to Waycross with other children in his family.

The warrant stated the young boy was punched in the head and body, kicked in the face, denied sleep and choked.

The Division of Family and Children Services is also investigating the child’s death.

Warden was charged with murder and felony cruelty to a child, according to an arrest warrant.

 First Coast News

Valdosta has urgent need for blood and platelet donations

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help prevent a blood shortage.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and every day the Red Cross must collect 15,000 donations to meet the needs of patients. Over the past 11 week, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming week.

Valdosta Today