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Slave descendants fighting tax hikes on Georgia coast

Residents of one of the few remaining Gullah-Geechee communities on the Southeast coast opened new appeals Monday against soaring property values that brought them big tax hikes, fearful they could…

CNN, director cancel Hillary Clinton documentary

CNN, director cancel Hillary Clinton documentary

CNN has decided to scrap its plan to make a documentary about the life of Hillary Clinton. The director, Charles Ferguson, said “nobody was interested in helping me make this…

Margie Lou Guy, 66

September 29, 2013 — Margie Lou  Guy, 66, passed away at her home in Waycross Sunday after a long illness. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday (October…

Republican fight on U.S. shutdown shows simmering civil war

Republican fight on U.S. shutdown shows simmering civil war

In this June 28, 2012, file photo Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick protests against President Barack Obama's health care law outside the Supreme Court in Washington.…

Dozens rally against Chuck E. Cheese in Atlanta

Dozens rally against Chuck E. Cheese in Atlanta

Special needs parents joined a group of civil rights activists outside a Chuck E. Cheese in Smyrna this weekend. The NAACP organized the rally after a father claimed he and…

Georgia Rep. Tom Graves leading GOP charge against Obamacare

Georgia Rep. Tom Graves leading GOP charge against Obamacare

In many ways, the tough spot that Washington finds itself in this weekend is because of Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.). It was Graves who came up with a plan to…

Brantley one of 79 counties designated disaster areas by USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 79 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to excessive rains that began April 1. “Our hearts go out to those…

Man killed in accident at Big Nasty ATV Park

A man was killed in a dirt bike accident at the Big Nasty ATV Park on Godley Road in Bloomingdale. Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said deputies and…

Allegations facing state senator also concern governor

Friday’s unsealing of an 18-count indictment against a state senator may have also struck Gov. Nathan Deal as bad news and not just because the two Republicans have been allied…

Jekyll to resume alligator classes

Jekyll Island officials say they plan to bring back free educational classes on alligators next year after a trial run this summer drew nearly 400 tourists. The island state park…

South Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 9.3 percent in August

The unemployment rate in the Southern Georgia region decreased to 9.3 percent in August, down nine-tenths of a percentage point from 10.2 percent in July. …

Friday night scores

Here are scores from Friday football games across the state:…

Dogs and hunters slay wild hog in suburban Atlanta

Tracking dogs managed to chase down and attack a 400-pound wild hog that has been scaring children and adults in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood. After the dogs attacked, a hunter…

Savannah chief retires amid sexual harassment allegations

Retirement comes amid allegations of sexual harassment of officer savannahnow.com.…

Country singer pleads no contest in Savannah threats case

Country singer pleads no contest in Savannah threats case

Country singer Billy Currington pleaded no contest Friday to a charge stemming from a run-in with a 70-year-old tour boat captain who cruised past his $3.5 million waterfront home. Currington,…

Brantley man charged with theft of three tractors from Sylvania

A Brantley County resident has been charged with theft by receiving after  three tractors stolen from Screven county were recovered here. The tractors, stolen from two Pine Grove Inn Road…

State Sen. Don Balfour indicted on 18 counts

State Sen. Don Balfour indicted on 18 counts

A grand jury has indicted state Sen. Don Balfour on 18 counts, Channel 2 Action News has learned. The indictment includes 16 counts of making a false certificate, one count…

600,000 Georgians make too little for new health care subsidy

600,000 Georgians make too little for new health care subsidy

Open enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday but hundreds of thousands Georgians don’t qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance because they make too little. More…

David Brantley Carter, 78

September 26, 2013 – David Brantley Carter, 78 of Hilliard, passed away Thursday afternoon at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, following an extended illness. A visitation will be held Saturday evening,…

Welcome to the ‘Cyber Swamp’

Welcome to the ‘Cyber Swamp’

The park will finally realize a long-term goal of feeding fiber optics to the Waycross entrance of the park allowing the group to stream its many classes around the world…

Central Georgia Health System lays off 50 employees

The layoffs are part of a plan to reduce the system’s fiscal 2014 budget to account for potential loss of reimbursements due to health care reform. Source: Macon Telegraph Crisp County…

25th Lake Lanier Shore Sweep to be held Saturday

In the past, 1,000 volunteers have gathered to pick up trash around the lake. Source: Gainesville Times Hunters kill feral pig in Lithonia neighborhood Source: WSB-TV  …

UGA ranked 17th for graduates of ‘Teach for America’ program

UGA ranked No. 17 among large schools in the recent ranking of colleges sending alumni to the organization’s teaching corps. Source: Red&Black.com  LaGrange College names gymnasium for Lee Richter The bronze…

Industry plans $34 million investment and 230 jobs in Carrollton

The prospective company hasn’t been named. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  Ground broken on Mattex Group plant outside of Eton The Murray County plant will employ 160; Mattex Group is a Dubai-based company…

Challenges filed against three Senate District 14 candidates

Matt Laughridge of Cartersville, Christopher Nesmith of Adairsville and Dean Sheridan of Woodstock all qualified earlier this month to run in the Nov. 5 special election, but challenges have been…

Evelyn Lowery, wife of civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, dies at 88

Evelyn Lowery, the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/WOMEN (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now), suffered a stroke Sept. 18 and had been hospitalized for a week. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

Why PopSci is shutting off comments from readers

Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off. It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science…

Pierce won’t save former church annex building

The county commission will not save the old Strickland Avenue Courthouse Annex old First Baptist Church and will seek bids to investigate demolishing the building. County manager Paul Christian reported…

Savannah police chief accused of sexual harassment of fellow cop

Savannah police chief accused of sexual harassment of fellow cop

Allegations of sexual harassment by Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett have been made by a departmen t police officer and are being investigated by an outside law firm, City Manager…

County gives bank one more chance to sell foreclosed on property

The Brantley County Board of Commissioners decided at a called meeting Tuesday to allow the bank which owns several foreclosed properties near Atkinson one more chance to sell the plots,…

Former Heron tennis player earns top honors

Former Heron tennis player earns top honors

Sophomore Peerada Looareesuwan of the University of the District of Columbia women's tennis team has earned East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her performance in the ITA…

USPS wants a three-cent increase in first-class postage stamps

The financially struggling Postal Service is seeking a 3-cent increase in the cost of mailing a letter – and that would raise the price of a first-class stamp to 49…

Former UGA football player Paul Oliver, 29, commits suicide

Paul Oliver, a football stand-out at Harrison High School and the University of Georgia who later played in the NFL, died Tuesday evening at a Marietta residence of a self-inflicted…

Army officials consider banning tattoos on soldiers

New army recruits would be banned from getting tattoos on their forearms,lower legs, and above their necklines. There’s a story behind each one. For Cody Turner, it’s a reminder of…

Savannah’s film office director suspended

A special Savannah Film Commission meeting was held and the 19-member advisory board was apparently caught off guard by the decision to suspend Jay Self, the city’s Film Services Office…

Officials at Kings Bay Naval Station confident in security system

Kings Bay has security checkpoints that increase in vigilance as vehicles get closer to the waterfront where Ohio-class submarines are ported while the boats are resupplied and repairs are made.…

Memorial University Medical Center sues Savannah, Chatham County over unpaid bills

Unpaid medical claims for police detainees at the hospital total $443,714.94 for medical treatment from July 31, 2010 through September 20. Source: Savannah Morning News Bartow County to offer free flu…

LaGrange couple farms vertically

Terry Luebbers and his wife, Sarah Hensley set out to create a new growing system that makes food production more efficient. Working in their greenhouse and using methods borrowed from…

East Georgia State College’s fifth president to be invested Friday

Robert “Bob” Boehmer’s investiture will be held Friday morning. Source: Statesboro Herald Ogeechee Technical College shows slight enrollment increase Source: Statesboro Herald  Brewton-Parker president to retire December 31 Dr. Mike Simoneaux was…

Little Vine Vineyards in Carroll County has first grape harvest

It’s the county’s first harvest in nearly 100 years. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian  International agriculture event highlights Claxton Fruitcake business Source: Statesboro Herald Fresh Frozen Foods LLC of Jefferson to be sold for…

Port expansion bill heads to U.S. House

The bill authorizes the amount of money that can be spent on the project. But it will be the federal budget that will provide the main source of money. The…

Canceled wedding turns into party for homeless in Atlanta

Willie and Carol Fowler of Roswell decided to donate their daughter’s wedding reception to 200 homeless people from Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless since it was already paid for;…

Mamie Magnolia Mitchell, 58

September 23, 2013 – Mamie Magnolia Mitchell, 58, of 109 Hall St. in Nahunta passed Monday  at the residence embraced with the presence of her son and her sisters. Visitation…

Guide dog killed while saving boy

ATLANTA —  ”Simon” the boxer was a guide dog for Dave Furukawa, who is blind. Dave says the boxer was his best friend. But their bond got even deeper when…

BCHS student charged with threatening teacher

BCHS student charged with threatening teacher

Reports indicate Binkley was advised by school staff to comply with the school dress code and he responded by threatening the staff member in the presence of other staff members.…

Should Georgia wipe clean some criminal records?

Sarah Hamilton’s January arrest based on a mistaken identity has kept the whole family in turmoil even after police dropped the charges against the 26-year-old former honor graduate, her father…

Wild pigs threaten Lithonia neighborhood, animal control says nothing to do

Residents of a Georgia neighborhood say local animal control workers told them there is nothing they can do about four wild hogs roaming about. People living on Stonebridge Crescent in…

Savannah’s film office director suspended pending termination

Savannah Film Services Director Jay Self was suspended pending dismissal on Monday, according to a statement issued by city spokesman Bret Bell regarding the matter. Self is appealing the personnel…

Chatham Area Transit to offer express shuttle to airport

Beginning Oct. 7, Chatham Area Transit riders will be able to catch a CAT to the airport. Source: Savannah Morning News Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster speaks about Vietnam War failures during…

Cost of deepening Savannah Port estimated at $625 million

Rep. Jack Kingston has planned a news conference for today at the Georgia Ports Authority headquarters with Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania. Source: WMAZ-TV State lawmakers look at bill on medical…

Carroll Meth Awareness Coalition to hold annual summit

This year’s summit, to be held Oct. 17 at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, will focus on the impact drug and alcohol abuse has on local families. Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian Flu…

Rabid fox attacks Ellabell resident

Cathy Riccio was attacked by a rabid fox after trying to get her dachshund mix, who was leashed to a run line, away from the sick animal; it returned the…

Colquitt County BOE’s new school site still a hot issue

One person said the school plans are based on a site with a half-acre of wetlands, but actually, the land has two acres of wetlands, part of which is under…

World Technology Center to be launched in Stockbridge

The planned facility, from World Internet Group, will focus on start-up companies to launch new technology initiatives. Source: Henry Daily Herald PSC to hold hearing on Georgia Power rate proposal The…

Former growers of tobacco in Alma eye $58 billion Stevia market

Former growers of tobacco in Alma eye $58 billion Stevia market

The once-idled leaf-processing machines at a former tobacco trading house in Alma, are coming back to life. Except now the warehouse, which still smells like tobacco leaves and cigarette smoke,…

Fort Benning shows off new combat equipment

The Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning  Tuesday showed off some of the new combat equipment and technology it has been testing. The equipment includes the Lightweight Small Arms Technology…

Angler reels in relic from prehistoric past

A giant fish captured in Lake Lanier is a reminder of the monster fish that lurk in the depths of Georgias lakes. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the…

This week

This week

Get more of everything in this week's edition of The Brantley Enterprise, Brantley County's favorite newspaper since 1920! More pages, more color, more news. On newsstands countywide Wednesday.…

Charlton hospital committee wants $50K study, but has no money

Charlton hospital committee wants $50K study, but has no money

They know what they want,  but they don’t know how to pay for it. The Charlton Medical Services Committee (CMSC) heard a presentation at their third meeting last Wednesday by…

Injuries mount for Eagles

It has nothing to do with being patriotic, although Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken joked about the red, white and blue jerseys at practice Monday as advance tribute to Military…

ABAC welcomes fall with corn maze, pumpkin patch

ABAC welcomes fall with corn maze, pumpkin patch

A corn maze and a pumpkin patch – two staples of Autumn, are set to open to the public in Tifton. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at…

St. Marys Railroad to begin passenger excursions

St. Marys Railroad to begin passenger excursions

As a child, Paul Pleasant used to wake up his parents early. He cried because he couldn’t see the L&N train rumble past their backyard in Milton, Fla. They moved…

Jekyll Island lawsuit can end state government’s lawsuit protection

One legal tool used by advocates for the environment, prisoners and other activist groups could disappear depending on the outcome of a case the Georgia Supreme Court heard Monday. The…

The fatal mistake that doomed BlackBerry

The fatal mistake that doomed BlackBerry

Beleaguered gadgetmaker BlackBerry said on Monday that it’s signed a tentative agreement to be purchased by a group led by Canadian holding company Fairfax Financial in a $4.7 billion deal. The transaction,…

U.S. House panel rejects proposal to federalize Florida-Georgia water dispute

U.S. House panel rejects proposal to federalize Florida-Georgia water dispute

Oysters in Northwest Florida are dying off from a lack of fresh water and the oyster industry is struggling because of it. Much of the freshwater that would normally flow…

Wrestling legend Bill Goldberg remembers his UGA teammate

They are all in their 40s now, but professional wrestling legend Bill Goldberg still considers his teammates from his college football days as among his closest friends. “I’ve done a…

Brunswick shipbuilder wants to construct 56-foot schooner on waterfront

What Joe Lawson wants from the city is free use of a tract it owns along the waterfront that was formerly the grounds of the Public Works Department. There, he…

Filming in Georgia: Antonio Banderas to star in SpongeBob movie being shot in Savannah

Banderas will play a pirate in “SpongeBob SquarePants 2,” being shot in Savannah and Tybee Island over the next few weeks. Source: Savannah Morning News/Saturday  …

Moody AFB library may close

As of September 30, the library services will undergo restructuring — it’s not clear what that will mean. Source: Valdosta Daily Times  …

Valdosta-Lowndes County library outdated

The building’s roof is leaking, the A/C unit is from 1966, the newest computer is one from 2008, the Internet access is limited to a sluggish 6 megabytes, the building…

Southeast Georgia Health System to partner with Bacon County Hospital

Southeast Georgia Health System and Bacon County Hospital and Health System will collaborate to provide enhanced access to high-quality care and telemedicine and boost physician recruitment efforts. Source: Brunswick News/weekend Rural…

Jekyll Island Authority considers big change to conservation law

The authority plans to ask the Georgia Legislature to do away with the 1971 law restricting development of hotels, golf courses and other amenities to 35 percent of the island’s…

Former POW talks to GSW students, faculty

In observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is observed the third Friday of September, Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) held the 8th Annual POW Convocation program in Jackson Hall…

Sabal Trail Transmission to run pipeline from Alabama to Florida

The pipeline will cut through the southwest part of Lowndes County. Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Southwire to buy Sony DADC plant in Carrollton Southwire intends to purchase the 635,000 sq.ft. complex…

State Rep. Matt Ramsey named House GOP whip

Rep. Ramsey said maintaining the flow of information, and making sure legislators get to have critical questions answered before a bill comes up for a vote, is a key part…

State changes investment rules for water projects

The new guidelines put forward by Gov. Nathan Deal’s water supply program govern how state government allocates investment money to water supply projects proposed by local governments or agencies. Source: Athens…

Georgia’s freshman receiver makes first career catch count

Georgia’s freshman receiver makes first career catch count

Chris Conley had two words go through his mind when he saw Reggie Davis reel in a catch at the Georgia 40-yard line. “He’s gone,” Conley said of Davis’ 98-yard…

Bruce Schneier says more to come from NSA documents

Bruce Schneier says more to come from NSA documents

Bruce Schneier, a cryptographer and author on security topics, last month took on a side gig: helping the Guardian newspaper pore through documents purloined from the U.S. National Security Agency…

Plan allows more state spending on designated freight corridors

Car drivers will enjoy safer, less-congested highways, and goods will be delivered promptly and efficiently if a plan recently approved by the State Transportation Board works as designed. Well, the…

Donna Jean Strickland, 64

September 20 2013 – Donna Jean Morgan Strickland, 64, of Waynesville died early Friday morning at her residence after a brief illness. Visitation will be held Monday evening, Sept. 23,…

Coca-Cola apologizes for ‘You Retard’ message in bottle cap

Coca-Cola apologizes for ‘You Retard’ message in bottle cap

Atlanta-based beverage giant Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) is apologizing profusely for the message found by a Canadian girl inside the bottle cap of the company’s Vitaminwater drink: “You Retard.” The girl’s younger…

ASU alumni from Waycross celebrates 101st birthday

ASU alumni from Waycross celebrates 101st birthday

Waycross native Clano Stephens is living the good life as evidenced by the accomplishment of a milestone, his 101st birthday.…

Body found in burned-out SUV in Brunswick

Body found in burned-out SUV in Brunswick

Glynn County Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man's death in North Brunswick.…

Blackshear Rite Aid evacuated after bomb threat Wednesday

Blackshear Rite Aid evacuated after bomb threat Wednesday

Rite Aid in Blackshear was evacuated just before noon Wednesday after employees reported receiving a bomb threat.…

BlackBerry slashes workforce, reports massive Q2 loss

BlackBerry slashes workforce, reports massive Q2 loss

BlackBerry Ltd. (Nasdaq:BBRY) announced today it expects to post a nearly $1 billion loss for the second quarter and cut its global workforce by 40%, according to a report from…

Rescued sea turtles return to ocean at Jekyll

Rescued sea turtles return to ocean at Jekyll

Coastal Georgia’s hospital for sick and injured sea turtles is returning another batch of its recovered patients to their ocean home. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was scheduled to release…

Rayonier completes upgrade at Jesup mill

Rayonier completes upgrade at Jesup mill

Construction on Rayonier’s Cellulose Specialties Expansion (CSE) project is complete at its Jesup mill, company officials have announced.…

Missing Christian author found in Tifton

A Christian author missing from his metro Atlanta home has been found safe in south Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/16vUztf ) reports that 78-year-old Henry Thomas Blackaby was located Friday…

Albany teens arrested in assault on 68-year-old catering employee

Albany Police have charged one teen and charges are pending against another in the August beating of a 68-year old man. Albany Police located a juvenile they wanted to speak…

UPDATE: Witness Talks about Fatal Savannah State Shooting

UPDATE: Witness Talks about Fatal Savannah State Shooting

Police are investigating a deadly shooting on Savannah State’s campus. A 20-year old man was shot in his back. A mother of one of the students was there, just minutes…

Home Depot to cut benefits for part-time workers

Atlanta-based Home Depot is eliminating the limited medical insurance is has offered to its many part-time employees. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the change means those workers will either seek…

Former Brunswick councilman Brooks to stand trial Dec. 16

It’s now official: The voters will get their say on former Brunswick City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. before 12 Camden County jurors sit in judgement. Superior Court Judge H.…

Ethics head who is accused of helping governor got a raise during cost-cutting

The head of Georgia’s Ethics Commission, who is accused of intervening in a case involving Gov. Nathan Deal, received pay raises despite being hired as the agency said it had…

‘Crazy’ new ant found in Albany

‘Crazy’ new ant found in Albany

The tawny crazy ant has made its way into Georgia for the first time. University of Georgia Extension agent James Morgan in Dougherty County discovered the ant—  which originates in…

Labor department also finds in favor of former E-911 center employee

A wrongful termination and family and medical leave suit filed against the county recently may  have actually gained even more ground earlier this year when not only the district attorney’s…

Teen Maze: Collaboration hopes to show local kids where behavioral choices take them

Seeing is believing and that’s what a group of local collaboratives hope to accomplish  April 28-30 of the upcoming year. The Board of Education recently approved the Teen Maze program…

Brantley deputy involved in Ware tussle

  An off-the-clock dispute between a Brantley deputy and a Waycross man ended with a report filed late last month when the Ware County law enforcement was called in to…

Brantley jail suffers more from lack of state court than cutbacks

Sheriff Jack Whisenant told the Enterprise this week that Brantley isn’t feeling the strain of new state cuts like other jails in the region, but other issues, such as a…

‘It’s even worse than we thought’: IRS places lien on Charlton hospital

‘It’s even worse than we thought’: IRS places lien on Charlton hospital

The IRS has placed a lien against the Charlton Memorial Hospital building and property for the failure of the medical facility to pay at least $500,000 in payroll taxes going…

Ninth graders asked to choose career paths

Students in Brantley will soon be making career decisions as soon as they step on to the high school campus – as per state mandate – but fears that the…

Sheriff’s Office wins award for vehicle

Sheriff’s Office wins award for vehicle

Larry Groover, of T&T Signs of Waynesville, left, and Sheriff's Jack Whisenant present the truck that brought the sheriff's office – and the long-time local business – nationwide attention…

More details in Clayton County kidnapping

The 14-year old girl was dropped off at a relative’s house in Clayton after a 36-hour kidnapping. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

Land use study underway for Kings Bay

Kings Bay is considered the economic engine that drives Camden County with its nearly 9,000 employees and estimated annual payroll of $600 million. Source: Brunswick News  …

Paula Deen back in the public’s eye

Paula Deen is making her way back into the public’s eye, so far with good reception. She made her first public appearance in Houston last week, where she got a…

Annual Savannah Jazz Festival begins Sunday

The 32nd annual Savannah Jazz Festival includes the Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble, Savannah Arts Academy Skylite Orchestra and the Armstrong Atlantic State University Jazz Ensemble. Source: WTOC-TV…

UGA study shows mental illness prescriptions increase during recession

However, public health overall sees improvements during recessions, according to the World Health Organization. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Grant to Georgia Regents University to fund study of sickle cell disease Exactly how…

Largest mushroom species in Western Hemisphere found in Georgia

The gigantic fungus Macrocybe titans has been spotted in Athens — its caps can grow as large as trashcan lids. Source: Athens Banner-Herald   Emerald ash borer now found in Fulton…

Valdosta State kicks off 50th anniversary celebration

A number of events are planned throughout the year. Source: Valdosta Daily Times  Animal spotted at Covington area schools was coyote, not fox Source: Rockdale Citizen  Retired New Zealand physicist teaches UGA…

Peanut tour makes annual stop in Tifton

Approximately 150 peanut scientists, producers and industry experts were in Moultrie and Tifton on Wednesday to talk about the latest news and research being conducted within Georgia’s $2 billion industry.…

GOP gubernatorial candidate Pennington delivers campaign speech in Carrollton

Dalton Mayor David Pennington brought his Georgia gubernatorial campaign message of limited government and limited spending to Carrollton Thursday night, but he got to deliver his speech only to a…

Church congregation votes to make way for Falcons stadium

The congregation of Mount Vernon Baptist Church voted 116 to 16 on Thursday night to accept a $14.5 million offer for its property and move to make way for the…

Enova Energy to purchase Nahunta pellet plant

Enova Energy Group said it will purchase Southeast Georgia Biofuels, a wood pellet plant located in Nahunta, Ga. According to USDA, the plant was formerly known as Biomass Innovations LLC,…

OPINION: Tom Crawford – Georgia turns students away from its colleges

“In many states, one of the top policy objectives is to provide a K-12 and college education for as many people as possible in the belief that a well-educated citizenry…

S.C. professor says he’s solved a mystery over slave’s novel

Gregg Hecimovich, the chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., has uncovered previously unknown details about Hannah Bond’s life that have shed light on how…

Filming in Georgia: Tybee Island hosting a SpongeBob SquarePants meeting

Tybee Island will be one location for the production of “SpongeBob SquarePants 2: The Movie” beginning this month. Source: Savannah Morning News • “Walking Dead” to film in Milner Source: Barnesville Herald-Gazette (registration) …

Tyres could soon be named ‘Young Farm Family of the Year’

Tyres could soon be named ‘Young Farm Family of the Year’

Cory and Janie Tyre of Alma are continuing their tradition of putting Alma farm families on the map, as well as making the Tyre family name well known in Georgia…

Tyler Perry apparently buys more land in Douglas County

Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s company has apparently purchased more land in Douglasville. Residents in Tributary at New Manchester have been notified by their homeowners association that Perry’s company has purchased more…

Chef Henry’s Liverversary to be held in Acworth

Five years ago, Henry’s Louisiana Grill owner Henry Chandler was dying of liver cancer; after chemotherapy and a liver transplant, he’s thriving and plans a fundraiser for the Ga. Transplant…

Carlton couple trying to find their big pet tortoise

Zip, an African Spur Thigh tortoise, forced his way out of a backyard fence Friday night and possibly wandered off into the 1,000-acre tract of woods behind the home of…

UGA ranked 6th in top 17 universities with best professors

RateMyProfessors.com s a website powered by mtvU that allows students to review faculty. The website based the best professors rankings on overall average professor ratings. Source: Red&Black.com West Georgia Technical College…

300 Boeing jobs in Macon threatened by end of C-17

Nearly 3,000 employees work on the C-17 military cargo plane at the Macon plant and three other locations; production will end in two years. Source: WMAZ-TV  Cinnabon’s new president is 35…

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun again on ‘most corrupt’ list

Broun was named to the annual list, put together by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, for the second consecutive time. The CREW report notes his ‘failure to disclose…

Human trafficking notices debut in Augusta and across the state

Bars, airports and hospitals are posting notices in an effort to reduce the number of people in Georgia who are forced into commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude. Source: Augusta Chronicle…

Girl abducted in home invasion found safe in Conyers

A 14-year-old Georgia girl abducted in a home invasion robbery was found alive on Wednesday after a massive search by multiple law enforcement agencies. Ayvani Hope Perez had been taken…

Suspects seeking $10K ransom for abducted teen

As law enforcement agencies all around Georgia search for 14-year-old kidnapping victim Ayvani Perez, one of her best friends is praying for her safe return. “I want to tell her…

Backup musicians to be center stage at Guitar Pull in Waycross

The three headliners for the 16th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival have stood in the dim light, right on the edge of the spotlight, during their musical…

Minor injuries reported in westside accident

Minor injuries reported in westside accident

Two foot injuries were the extent of injuries reported after a car struck a semi-truck in Schlatterville on Tuesday. Sheriff Jack Whisenant, who was on-scene after the accident, told the…

Harry L. Pearson, 80

September 16, 2013 — Harry L. Pearson, 80, of Hortense passed away Monday at his residence. A visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home. A graveside…

Train cars derail near Burke County line

Train cars derail near Burke County line

A train derailed Tuesday near the Burke County line on Mike Padgett Highway after being hit by a tractor-trailer. The train was westbound near the county about noon when the…

Filming in Georgia: “Fast & Furious 7″ to be filmed in and around Gwinnett County

The movie is holding casting calls — today and Tuesday, they are looking specifically for Hispanic males to shoot scenes. On Sept. 18, producers need “hot, hip and trendy cool…

Former Savannah businessman sentenced in Paula Deen extortion plot

Thomas George Paculis, 62, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for attempting to extort $200,000 from celebrity chef Paula Deen. Source: Athens Banner-Herald/AP  …

Former Georgia and NFL OL Scott Adams dies at 46

Adams died Monday in Oconee County; the cause of death was not disclosed. He played for Georgia from 1985-1988 and six seasons in the NFL. Source: Athens Banner-Herald  …

Georgia agritourism spot to hold biggest event yet on Saturday

Farm Heritage Day is Saturday, September 21 in Brooklet, hosted by Hunter Cattle Co. Source: WJCL-TV  …

Audio: WellStar plans $5.6 million renovation of Cobb County hospital in Austell

Under the renovation, all four floors of the women’s center would receive an upgrade.Source: WABE.org…

Jekyll Island Authority adopts master plan that makes island larger than 20 years ago

The Jekyll Island Authority board adopted a draft master plan Monday that increased the island’s size by 1,340 acres since the 1992 master plan; This will likely set off a…

UGA graduate makes top ten in Miss America competition

Recent UGA graduate Carly Mathis is the first Miss Georgia contestant to advance to the Miss America Top 15 since 2009. Source: Red&Black.com  Students and faculty debate hot topics at University…

Meinhardt Vineyards & Winery sees second consecutive year of growth

The Bulloch County winery creates wines from Muscadine grapes. Source: Statesboro Herald  New bracelet from Bionym could make passwords a thing of the past Derek Benfield, the manager at Radio Shack…

Gov. Deal to speak at Vietnam War commemoration event

Gov. Deal to speak at Vietnam War commemoration event

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to attend a ceremony at the State Capitol Thursday celebrating the partnership between Georgia and the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary…

14-year old girl kidnapped from Clayton County home

According to the Levi’s Call alert, Ayvani Hope Perez was kidnapped by two armed men during a home invasion in the 3800 block of Brookgate Drive around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday…

Judicial Council says Waycross Circuit needs fourth Superior Court judge

The Judicial Council of Georgia has recommended that a fourth Superior Court judgeship be established for the six-county Waycross Judicial Circuit. The recommendation for the judgeship and another in the…

Arbery may face 15-year term in federal prison

Cortez Arbery, 25, of Brunswick pled guilty earlier this month before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If…

Airport confirms Jet Blue is coming to Savannah

JetBlue Airways will begin flights into and out of the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport starting next February. The airport’s Executive Director Greg Kelly confirmed the information early Monday morning. JetBlue…

Eddie Dorsey Roberson, 69

September 12, 2013 – Eddie Dorsey Roberson, 69, died Thursday night  at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness. A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. …

John William Sharpe, 73

September 13, 2013 —, 73, of Hickox passed away Friday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. Visitation will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home chapel…

Significant weather advisory issued

A significant weather advisory has been issued for southern Wayne and northeastern Brantley counties for strong winds, small hail and excessive lightning valid until 4 p.m. At 3:16 the National…

Court refuses to delay new Wayne tax bills

All of Wayne County’s property-tax bills are about to go out. Superior Court Judge Ronnie Rahn has refused to issue an injunction against sending out large-acreage tax bills, as requested…

No more free football tickets for.Georgia lawmakers

One college football tradition in Georgia will soon disappear: Letting politicians into the stadium for free. A new law taking effect next year bans lobbyists from giving Georgia’s politicians free…

Taylor secures Laura Bush Foundation Grant for AES

Taylor secures Laura Bush Foundation Grant for AES

Thanks to Connie Taylor,  the Atkinson Elementary School (AES) library was recently awarded $5,000 to spend on a selection of literature that includes books, e-books and magazines. Taylor recently applied…

E911 dispatcher claims wrongful termination; harrassment in suit against county

Vindication in the form of a letter from the district attorney wasn’t enough to get a former 911 dispatcher her job back recently and the resulting lawsuit has expanded now…

Cemetery crasher: graveyard caretakers perturbed by vandals

Cemetery crasher: graveyard caretakers perturbed by vandals

What started as an attempt to keep one of Brantley County’s oldest cemeteries and churches in pristine condition has turned into an all out war with unknown entities. Smyrna Cemetery…

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