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Tax assessor board releases agenda

The Brantley County Board of Tax Assessors has released the agenda for next week's meeting:…

Grady students demand system for reporting bias

Protesters at Emory University are calling on the school to develop a system so that people can report bias. Students who rallied Wednesday evening at the metro Atlanta university also…

Four charged in deadly 2009 peanut salmonella outbreak in court Thursday

Four people charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds are set to appear in federal court in south Georgia. via jacksonville.com.…

Students take part in NASA disaster simulation

Students take part in NASA disaster simulation

Gifted students from all Brantley elementary schools gathered at the Board of Education office Thursday to take part in a NASA-sponsored emergency simulation drill as first responders.…

Nahaunta hires two part-time officers

Nahaunta hires two part-time officers

The Nahunta City Council unanimously hired two new part-time officers for the Nahunta Police Department after an extensive vetting process by Police Chief Gene Solano and City Manager Tom…

Birthday tax to disappear on vehicles purchased after March 1

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia will go into effect on March 1. …

GIAHA plans ‘Branson on the Road’

GIAHA plans ‘Branson on the Road’

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities presents Branson on the Road, direct from America’s entertainment capital, a music extravaganza that brings great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music to the…

County holds called meeting Friday

The Brantley County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting on Friday at 10 a.m. in the commission office to receive information from the tax commissioner on the tax…

Doctor, five others indicted for pill mill operation

A federal indictment, unsealed yesterday in federal court, has charged 6 defendants with conspiring to traffic oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other drugs through a purported pain clinic known as East Health…

Fire burns Brunswick apartment

Fire burns Brunswick apartment

Glynn County firefighters were battling a fire in a duplex just before noon Wednesday morning on Leeswood Circle north of Brunswick. via jacksonville.com.…

Ligon proposes PARCC withdrawal

Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) will hold a press conference Thursday in the Senate Press Conference room at 12:15 p.m. to discuss Senate Bill 167.…

Brantley schools to remain closed a second day Wednesday

The Brantley County Board of Education announced today that classes will be suspended for a second day Wednesday due to the poor condition of the dirt roads school buses must…

Odum truck driver killed in collision with Wayne County bus

The Georgia State Patrol has identified the driver of pickup truck who died Monday in a collision with a Wayne County school bus as Samuel Carr, 59, of Odum. Carr…

Brantley issues voluntary evacuation order

Brantley issues voluntary evacuation order

The Brantley County Board of Commissioners has implemented a voluntary evacuation order for those living in low lying areas adjacent to the Satilla River…

Brantley road closures

The followng roads have been closed according to the Brantley County Emergency Management Agency:…

Tornado watch issued for Brantley

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Brantley County until 3 p.m. A flood advisory issued at 6:50 a..m. expired at 8:15 a.m. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…

Governor suspends DeKalb BOE members

Acting on the recommendation of the State Board of Education, Gov. Nathan Deal today suspended six members of the DeKalb school board. …

Darien to observe 150th anniversary of burning

Evidence of the worst day in the city’s history rests in a black garbage bag at Fort King George State Historic Site.Aside from tough tabby foundations, the brittle pieces of…

Brantley County School System cancels classes for Tuesday

The Brantley school system has suspended classes for Tuesday and will determine whether to reopen classes for the remainder of the week on a day-to-day basis, interim superintendent Read Carter…

Birthday tax to disappear on vehicles purchased after March 1

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia will go into effect on March 1.…

Heavy rains inland could add to flooding on Altamaha

Heavy rains moving into Georgia are bringing new concerns about flooding. Forecasters say as much as 3.5 inches of rain could fall in parts of central and south Georgia. via…

Ware man guilty molestation, sexual assault gets life sentence

A Ware County man was given three life sentences Friday after a jury found him guilty of five counts of child molestation and one count of sexually assaulting a child…

$10,000 reward offered in January slaying of Brunswick man

$10,000 reward offered in January slaying of Brunswick man

The Glynn County Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone responsible for the Jan. 28 slaying of Peter J. Altston III.…

Wife of accused Waycross child molester says her husband is innocent

Three of four young girls who were named as victims of child molestation at an in-home day care center had suffered vaginal injuries, a nurse testified Thursday in the trial…

Brunswick couple arrested in faulty tax returns case

A Brunswick couple was arrested Thursday after a federal indictment accused them of conspiring with a Florida prison inmate to file faulty tax returns. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,…

Local businesses pull together for student trip

Local businesses pull together for student trip

A Brantley County High School student was chosen late last year for a study abroad trip to Europe this summer and now local businesses are pulling together to help her…

Superintendent candidate has unexplained transfer

Superintendent candidate has unexplained transfer

Even as members of the Brantley County Board of Education further discussed the three finalists in its search for a new superintendent, the Brantley Enterprise has learned that one of…

Murder case continued in January court session

The case against three suspects in a May 2012 murder in which the body was found alongside a dirt road near the Brantley-Glynn County line was continued in the January…

Hoboken dropped by county tax billing firm

The city of Hoboken is looking for tax billing software after it was recently dropped by the firm that handles that task for the county and the city of Nahunta.…

Drug expert to speak at Brantley events

Drug expert to speak at Brantley events

Nationally renowned and televised drug expert Jesse Hambrick will be coming back to Brantley County to talk to local agencies, schools and the community …

Augusta optometrist pleads guilty to health care fraud charge

Jeffrey Sponseller, 47, of Augusta, Georgia pleaded guilty today before United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to submitting over $800,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare.…

UGA to host timberland investment conference on Amelia Island

More than 500 people from more than a dozen countries are expected to attend the 2013 Timberland Investment Conference held biannually by the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business.…

Legislation targeting ‘pill mills’ clears Georgia House

A bill that would tighten restrictions on who owns a pain clinic passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, a development that backers say will advance the fight against…

Birthday tax to disappear on vehicles purchased after March 1

A new law that changes the way motor vehicles are taxed in Georgia will go into effect on March 1, 2013.…

Nimmer appointed to national conference committee

Nimmer appointed to national conference committee

State Rep. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear) was recently appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).…

Rich Products spending $11 million to expand Waycross operation

Rich Products will spend $11 million to expand its Waycross production facility by 40 percent and add at least 55 new jobs, the company said. In addition to adding room,…

Shooting leaves one dead, two injured in Lanier County

A shooting in Lanier County over the weekend left one person dead and two hospitalized, according to the sheriff’s department. via Valdosta Daily Times.…

Jacksonville man faces sentencing in Mamba bite hoax

A Jacksonville man convicted Thursday of lying to federal agents as he orchestrated a hoax about a black mamba could get up to three years in prison and a $250,000…

Garrison to lead Raiders football team

Garrison to lead Raiders football team

The search for Bobby Johns’ successor is no longer after the Bacon County Board of Education tabbed Hildrick Garrison as the new head coach. Garrison, the defensive coordinator last season,…

Alma PO still delivers for residents

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will cease delivering mail on Saturdays, but customers here can expect the level of customer service they receive from the Alma Post Office to…

Pierce reins in spending

Two years ago Pierce County government was trying to balance a budget with a million-dollar deficit and searching for cash to pay its bills. Today, however, the county’s finances are…

Waycross pedestrian struck by train Wednesday dies Thursday

A Waycross pedestrian who was hit Wednesday by a train died Thursday morning in a Savannah hospital, police Chief Tony Tanner said. via jacksonville.com.…

Local officials say House bill could remove local control over cell phone tower location

City and county officials from across the state told a House subcommittee Wednesday they fear legislation it’s considering would prevent them from controlling cell towers to protect safety and neighborhood…

BOE narrows superintendent list to 3

BOE narrows superintendent list to 3

The Brantley County Board of Education this week announced the finalists in the search for a new school superintendent, including one former assistant principal at Brantley County High School, after…

County gets $28,000 workman’s comp credit

Safety policies and loss control played a big part in a nearly $30,000 return from the county's workman's compensation fund county manager Carl Rowland said at Thursday's regular meeting of…

BOE stops payments to library system after 60 years

BOE stops payments to library system after 60 years

The Brantley County Board of Education voted unanimously to discontinue payments to Three Rivers Regional Library System (TRRL) System for the first time in almost 60 years at Monday night's…

End of Saturday PO delivery no problem, most say

End of Saturday PO delivery no problem, most say

A recent announcement by the United States Postal Service that it will cut Saturday mail deliveries for the first time since the 1890s later this year doesn’t seem to have…

Career Day at BCHS

Career Day at BCHS

BCHS student Tia Green, right, helps with a science lesson with students at Nahunta Elementary School in Lori Slover's sixth grade class as part of the Future Business Leaders of…

South Beach advisory lifted on St. Simons

The Glynn County Health Department has lifted the advisory for South Beach at the Lighthouse from 9th Street to the pier on St. Simons Island. The advisory for St. Andrews…

Bill to allow school districts to arm staff passes Georgia House committee

A bill presented by Georgia State Rep. Paul Battles (R-Cartersville) that would allow school districts to arm employees passed the Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a…

Obama keeps newspaper reporters at arm’s length

America’s newspapers have trouble enough these days, what with shrinking ad revenue and straying readers. But the daily print-and-pixel press also hasn’t gotten much love lately from the biggest newsmaker…

Georgia Highway 110 railroad crossing closure, detour set

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that CSX Transportation Inc. has scheduled railroad grade crossing improvements on Georgia Highway 110 in Brantley County. The highway will be closed at…

Savannah man gets 13 years for federal firearms offense

Charles Starks, 22, of Savannah, Georgia was sentenced yesterday by Senior United States District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield to 162 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a…

Georgia senator: Hammers, frying pans top guns for murders

The national debate about gun control triggered by the mass shooting in aConnecticut elementary school took a new dimension Monday when aGeorgia legislator announced that hammers and frying pans were…

Cumberland Island plans controlled burn of debris

Some coastal Georgia residents may see smoke rising from Cumberland Island in the next month as park rangers plan to burn dead vegetation and other debris. via AP News…

Movie makers plan sprawling Georgia studio complex

Several investors in metro Atlanta have announced plans to build what would be the largest film studio complex in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the studio is set to…

Lawmaker looks to allow guns at elementary schools|

A Republican state Senator has introduced a bill allowing local school boards to decide whether to let elementary school employees carry guns on campus The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sen. Ronald…

Defense budget cuts would affect Georgia National Guard

If automatic cuts to the Defense Department budget occur next month as expected, the effects would be felt in the Georgia National Guard, the adjutant general said Sunday. “That 15,000…

Suit against Lowndes sheriff settled

A $590,000 settlement has been reached between Sheriff Chris Prine and three of his former employees from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, resolving a four-year dispute that centered on allegations…

Lowered reservoir offers glimpse of lost city

Ken Boyd has a perennial fascination with the barren, windswept peninsula that juts into a remote arm of Thurmond Lake.“There’s not much here today,” the Army Corps of Engineers biologist…

Savannah doc indicted on sex for drugs charges

William Ellien, 57, of Savannah was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah for felony drug charges related to the unlawful distribution of prescription drugs, including percocet…

Bank robbed at gunpoint in Adel

Adel police are on the lookout for two men who robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday, stole a bank customer’s vehicle and escaped, according to authorities. The burglary at the…

Blackshear mayor thinks cost of renovation is too high

One cost estimate for renovating the Blackshear Hanging Jail is upwards of $455,000, but Mayor Tom Davis is vowing to proceed with the project only if the price tag is…

Hinesville man wins $1 million in lottery

Alexander Rivera, a Hinesville resident, has won a $1 million top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Lottery Black. Rivera, who retired five months ago from the U.S.…

Community shocked by sex allegations at high school

As television news trucks rolled into town last week, many in Charlton County were shocked to learn about their reason for being here. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Julie Hall…

Camden agencies to split $2.5 million from Cisco racketeering suit

Camden County will get about $1.2 million and other agencies will split a similar amount under a court order dispersing the proceeds of a civil racketeering suit filed against the…

Glynn sheriff arrests man wanted on Connecticut child porn charges

A man wanted in Connecticut on child pornography and obscenity charges is in the Glynn County jail awaiting extradition, the Sheriff’s Office said. Working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,…

Jesup man pleads guilty to child expoitation, pornography

Stephen A. Keating, 52, of Jesup pleaded guilty Tuesday before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in relation…

Washington Post was forced into finally revealing drone base secret

Newspaper editors are always conscious of the need to balance the public’s right to know with the requirements of national security. And, most often, they oblige governments by acceding to…

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base…

Deal backs effort to lower HOPE grant GPA

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), announced today a proposal that will lower to its original level…

Boy Scouts delay gay admission decision

The Boy Scouts of America put off a decision Wednesday on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, saying the question will be taken up at the…

Coffee County woman wins $3M in lottery

Coffee County woman wins $3M in lottery

Vickie Gasque, of Coffee County, won $3 million Saturday playing the instant game “100 Times The Money.” Gasque purchased her lucky ticket Saturday at Baker Express, located at 1436 Baker…

Nine students arrested after Henry County food fight

Nine students were arrested following a food fight at a Henry County high school, and more students could face charges, the school district said Monday. Administrators at Ola High School…

BCMS tennis sweeps Bacon in opener

BCMS tennis sweeps Bacon in opener

The Brantley County Middle School Tennis Teams kicked off the season with two 5-0 sweeps of Bacon County Middle.…

Early Pierce surge keeps Brantley off balance

An early burst by the Lady Bears kept the Brantley County High School Lady Herons off balance and unable to make up lost points in Last Tuesday’s game in Pierce…

Heron fans cry foul over bad call in Pierce

Heron fans cry foul over bad call in Pierce

An early lead against a division cross-river rival wasn’t enough for the win, last week,  when Brantley took on the Bears away in Pierce County but some fans are crying…

Buck Belue named to state sports hall of fame

Buck Belue named to state sports hall of fame

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine Buck Belue, Skip Caray, J.B. Hawkins, Heather Stepp McCormick, and Reggie Wilkes as the newest members of the Hall of Fame On…

New college chooses new mascot

The students of South Georgia State College have selected the Hawk as the new mascot for the institution. The selection resulted from an online vote Jan. 21-25 in which students…

Norovirus pops up in Brantley

Less than a month after the influenza season peaked in Georgia, a new strain of an old winter virus is beginning to make its rounds in the region. …

Gasoline prices up 14 cents in state

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 14.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.…

In rem tax sale

In rem tax sale

The county was the primary bidder on 316 different parcels in the former Satilla Plantation Subdivision during the in rem delinquent tax property sale held from 10 a.m. to about…

Sheriff says he’ll stand with Constitution

Sheriff says he’ll stand with Constitution

Brantley County sheriff Jack Whisenant has announced he will stand with the state sheriffs’ association’s decision to support the Constitution and defend the Second Amendment. “In light of the recent…

County may join Charlton extension office

County Commissioners may soon be looking at consolidating the county extension service with Charlton County per advice from the county extension service coordinator out of Waycross to Brantley’s county manager.…

Katlyn takes Supreme on Toddlers & Tairas

Katlyn takes Supreme on Toddlers & Tairas

On any given day you will find 6-year old Katlyn Smith at home playing dress up or practicing her pageant walk. “She has such a passion for pageants and practices…

Nahunta moves to online banking

Nahunta will be moving to the use of online banking after a unanimous vote by the city council at Monday’s regular meeting. Mayor Jeffrey Lee said that the service is…

TSPLOST penalty top legislative issue

A state senate bill proposing the removal of a large penalty against regions that didn’t pass the recent Transportation SPLOST is just one of many that could have an impact…

Republicans sweep special elections for seats in Georgia legislature

Republicans were victorious in all three special elections for seats in the state House and Senate. In the 11th state Senate district — spanning areas of southwest Georgia — Republican…

County releases agenda for Feb. 7 meeting

BRANTLEY COUNTY COMMISSION Regular Meeting-6:00 PM February 7, 2013-Commission Office Call Meeting to Order Invocation & Pledge to Flag Changes to Agenda Public Participation Approval of Minutes-January, 2013 CONSENT AGENDA…

Post office to end Saturday mail delivery Aug. 1

The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1 — but will continue delivering packages. Unless forbidden to do…