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School board OKs dentistry services for grades 7-12

Dentistry services once only offered to elementary school students will be expanded through a completely separate service after a vote and some discussion by the Brantley County Board of Education…

Vets carry flag coast to coast

Vets carry flag coast to coast

One step at a time from San Diego to the Georgia coast two veterans have joined forces for the last five months to remind passersby that the rights Americans have…

GBI says ‘Crazy Clown’ now considered a controlled substance

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang says officials had a strain of synthetic marijuana named “Crazy Clown” tested at its crime lab in Savannah and found a new synthetic cannabinoid.Source: Athens Banner-Herald…

Georgia Regents University gets $1.4 million for autoimmune disease research

A protein called STING can help treat, or even avoid, autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, Georgia Regents University researchers report. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle Emory…

State Botanical Garden to hold Insect-ival! Family Festival on September 21

The Athens event will feature discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and lots of live insects. Source: Athens Banner-Herald Zoo Atlanta to hold sweepstakes to meet…

UGA’s notetaker service lacks proper oversight

UGA’s Disability Resource Center is supposed to help disabled students with note-taking during class, but there’s no oversight and some say it’s being abused. Source: Red&Black.com UGA approves three new members…

Piggly Wiggly grocery stores to become Bi-Los in Savannah area

Bi-Lo purchased 22 Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in South Carolina and Georgia. Source: WTOC-TV A look at Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua Fuqua has been developing properties in Atlanta for 25 years,…

EyeNetra aims to shake up optometry with DIY kit

EyeNetra aims to shake up optometry with DIY kit

Vitor Pamplona isn’t a doctor. He’s not even an optician. He can’t write you a prescription for glasses, or sell you a pair. Still, he’s pretty sure he’s going to…

Two Georgia senators back legislation to prevent favoritism to unions in Obamacare

Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are co-sponsoring the Union Bailout Prevention Act, a response to reports that the Obama administration is working to assuage union criticism of the…

State Attorney General talks in SW Georgia about pill mills, sex trafficking

Olens says the state’s efforts include working with state and federal agencies to knock out sex trafficking operations, as well as enforcement of legislation aimed at moving “pill mills” out…

Effingham sheriff’s office looking for theft suspect

Effingham sheriff’s office looking for theft suspect

The Effingham County and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Offices are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect  in several thefts. Deputies are looking for Sylve Edwards, 38, of Ellabel. Edwards…

GBI: Brunswick narcotic never seen before

GBI: Brunswick narcotic never seen before

Authorities in Georgia say the herbal incense or spice that sent dozens to the hospital is an illegal narcotic never seen before. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation analyzed the herbal…

18-year-old killer of Brunswick toddler gets life without parole

18-year-old killer of Brunswick toddler gets life without parole

An 18-year-old Brunswick man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole plus 105 years for murdering a 13-month-old baby, wounding the toddler’s mother in a failed robbery and…

William ‘Earl’ Copeland

September 11, 2013 — William “Earl” Copeland, 62, of Waynesville passed away Wednesday at his residence following an extended illness. Visitation will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at his…

Summer enrollment drop could indicate problems for colleges

Summer enrollment drop could indicate problems for colleges

A general drop in enrollment this summer foreshadows what’s expected to be a rare decrease in the number of students attending the University System of Georgia this fall. Fewer students…

Police raid Brunswick smoke shop, arrest four for synthetic marijuana production

Four people have been arrested on drug charges Wednesday in the wake of raids the day before at a Brunswick smoke shop, a duplex and several homes, police said. In…

Matt Laughridge announces candidacy for Senate District 14

Laughridge, vice president of Terry Reid Kia, is running for the state Senate seat. Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News Consolidation of cyberspace training at Fort Gordon up to Congress The decision…

State Supreme Court hears arguments on Bibb-Monroe border war

The border dispute has dragged on for years and affects where children go to school and where taxes are paid on millions of dollars worth of property. Source: Macon Telegraph  …

Louise Mae Knox

September 10, 2013 — Louise Mae “Granny” Rouse Knox, 99 of Nahunta, passed away early Tuesday morning at Bayview Nursing Home following a short illness. A Memorial Service will be held…

State workers to see changes in health insurance

“The main message that we want to convey – and we’re trying to convey – is for most members the premiums will stay the same or go down,” said Pam…

Deer hunting season opens on Saturday

Officials say deer hunting season officially begins Sept. 14. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cumming says last year, more than 113,500 archers harvested nearly 60,200 deer. The hunting season ends in January.…

State’s ninth-graders will have to pick career paths

Hoping to address a dismal graduation rate and prepare students for the workforce, the state is requiring ninth graders to pick one of 17 broad career “clusters,” such as finance…

Charges dropped against former CEO of Cobb EMC

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of one criminal indictment against the former chief executive officer of Cobb EMC, even though he still faces charges in another…

State Superintendent John Barge blames Gov. Deal for cuts to public education

Barge spoke in Toombs County, commenting on an increase in school tax bills that will be felt by Toombs County residents. Source: Southeast Georgia Today   Tom Baxter: Shortened calendar for…

Gov. Deal says nuclear ‘skittishness’ overseas helps Georgia

Georgia is positioned to capitalize on the abandonment of nuclear power by two of its largest trading partners following the 2011 accident at a Japanese nuclear plant, Gov. Nathan Deal…

Injuries reported; one airlifted in accident

Injuries reported; one airlifted in accident

At least one person was air-lifted after an accident on Highway 301 north of Hortense Tuesday evening. First responders reported entrapment and requested extrication equipment but said that one or…

Metro officers sue city and police chief for discrimination

Two metro police officers are suing Savannah Metro’s top brass and the city of Savannah for racial discrimination.  Both officers claim Chief Willie Lovett said they need not apply for…

Patient bills soar as health law program falters

Patient bills soar as health law program falters

Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance…

Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria

Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria

With members of Congress returning to Washington on Monday, more of them are beginning to weigh in on their positions regarding a possible strike on Syria. Sen. Johnny Isakson, (R)…

Georgia law trims reimbursement money to local jails

Georgia’s 2012 criminal justice reform law reduces the amount of money some local jails receive. One example, Whitfield County. The law changed some property and drug-related crimes from felonies to…

Georgia’s US senators: President should have called Congress back

Georgia’s US senators: President should have called Congress back

Georgia’s U.S. Senators are responding to President Obama in the wake of his statement earlier today. The president said he has already authorized military force against Syria, but will take…

Bicycle advocates want family trail in St. Marys

A proposal has been submitted to create an 11-mile trail from Crooked River State Park to downtown St. Marys Source: Georgia Times-Union…

Plan to call downtown Augusta area a ‘slum’ draws criticism

  City Administrator Fred Russell said Friday that it was unfortunate that Georgia legislators do require the characterization of a “slum” for an area to receive special benefits but that…

Savannah adds more electric vehicle charging stations

On Friday, Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson hosted an “Electric Car Brainteam” to discuss how to deploy more electric vehicle chargers and cars throughout the…

Tattoo parties on the rise

A tattoo artist, who might not be licensed, provides body art without regulation and sanitary supervision at parties that often occur inside homes or hotel rooms. The parties are illegal.…

Mosaiculture exhibit featured at Atlanta Botanical Garden

19 sculptures are featured in the “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life” exhibit. Source: Rockdale Citizen Sea turtle nesting up for fourth straight year At least 2,284 nests were dug this…

Georgia Southwestern State’s police chief dies unexpectedly

Oris Bryant died unexpectedly; he served Georgia Southwestern for 18 years. Source: Americus Times-Recorder Superintendent of Harris County Schools to retire Harris County Superintendent Craig Dowling will retire effective Jan. 1,…

Contractor gets award for Columbus textile mill project

Brasfield & Gorrie submitted their work on the Eagle & Phenix textile mills to an annual contest and have won Engineering News-Record recognition. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/Saturday Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park…

Legislators to look at payments to tax commissioners

Under an agreement between Villa Rica and the county, $1 of the city taxes on each parcel goes directly into the pocket of Carroll County Tax Commissioner Vickie Bearden. Not…

State parks to be free on September 28

Saturday, September 28 will be “Your State Parks Day.” Source: Dalton Daily Citizen 3rd ID soldiers arrive at Hunter Army Airfield The last flight of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers to…

UFOs spotted over Derby and Georgia

An American woman claims to have videotaped the crash-landing of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO), as it appears to fall out of skies. The video was shot on 21 August,…

Jekyll Island prepares for Shrimp & Grits Festival

Amateur cooks and professional chefs will soon be squaring off on the Georgia coast to see who makes the tastiest shrimp and grits. The 8th annual Shrimp & Grits festival…

Football scores from Friday night

Here's a list of football game scores from across the state.…

Waycross residents meet about cancer cluster

Residents of Waycross believe an old industrial waste water processor is to blame for a cancer cluster in the community. Residents had a meeting and will be going out into…

Emily Drusilla Drury, 49

September 4, 2013 — Emily Drusilla Head Drury, 49, of White Oak died suddenly Wednesday at her residence. Visitation will be held Sunday evening Sept. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at…

Study shows children’s use of e-cigarettes is increasing

The new study suggests many kids are now getting a first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes and then moving on to regular tobacco products. Source: AccessNorthGa.com/AP Anti-underage drinking ads to be…

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove seeks $500,000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines require the sanctuary to raise its current eight-foot fencing to 16 feet, according to Noah’s Ark personnel — and there’s 40 acres to cover.…

Former ASU Foundation employees indicted

Two former employees of Albany State University Foundation, Inc. have been indicted by a Dougherty County grand jury on charges of racketeering. Source: Albany Herald Dougherty County School System won’t budge…

Farmers Home Furniture expanding in Dublin

    The company is planning a $4 million expansion and will add 62 jobs over the next decade. Source: Macon Telegraph Award-winning Sweet Grass Dairy to offer cheesemaking classes Source: Thomasville…

Rep. Austin Scott outlines upcoming legislative session at Valdosta event

  Speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon Wednesday, Congressional Representative Austin Scott outlined his priorities for Congress’ upcoming session, starting with the corporate tax rate, which Scott argues should be…

No Georgia law prohibits leaving a child in a running car

A Columbus man left a 1-year old in a running car at a convenience store; he can be charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer State aims to help…

DOL accidentally emails Social Security numbers of thousands

The Georgia Department of Labor is warning thousands of people who filed for unemployment that their secure information has been breached and emailed to 1,000 people. The information the DOL…

Advocate for rebels wields influence with Kerry, McCain

Advocate for rebels wields influence with Kerry, McCain

The woman whose opinion lawmakers are relying on to go to war in Syria is also a paid advocate for the war-torn country’s rebels. On Wednesday, Secretary of State John…

Former Atlanta schools chief charged in test cheating scandal has cancer

Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta schools superintendent accused of a participating in a large-scale conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests, has breast cancer, her lawyer said Thursday. Hall is receiving…

Severe weather causes accidents across county

Severe weather causes accidents across county

An accident on Hwy. 82 east of Nahunta has closed down a west-bound lane while crews work to assess the scene. Injuries have not been reported at  this time but…

Daryl Joseph Bell, 70

September 4, 2013 — Daryl Joseph Bell, 70, of Raybon died  Wednesday at the Satilla Hospice House in Waycross after an extended illness. Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon from 1-3…

UPDATED: Significant weather advisory issued for Brantley

Update: The significant weather advisory has been extended to 6 p.m. and includes Waynesville, Raybon, Nahunta, Hortense, Atkinson and Hickox. A significant weather advisory has been issued for southeastern Wayne, northeastern Brantley…

Varn announces weight-loss winners

Varn announces weight-loss winners

With a lot of hard work and dedication, Varn Wood Products employees lost a combined 140 pounds in a recent weight loss competition held over a two month period at…

OPINION: Drug epidemic: Killer ‘Clown’

“It’s called Crazy Clown. Or Herbal Madness Incense. Or Black Lion. Or Spice. Or another name meant to entice. All are forms of synthetic marijuana, a scourge that’s putting young…

School of Health opens in Milledgeville

  The new allied health career college is administered by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. Source: Milledgeville Union-Recorder   Piedmont Henry Hospital plans to improve quality of health…

UGA research looks at aging and death in plants

UGA ecologist Richard Shefferson explored aging and death of plants in a special issue of the Journal of Ecology, which he co-edited. Source: Athens Banner-Herald…

Douglas County student arrested for bringing loaded gun to school

A 15-year-old Alexander High School student has been arrested after a school resource officer found a loaded gun in his backpack Wednesday afternoon. Source: Douglas County Sentinel Class-action lawsuit filed against…

Small Cakes opens in Thomasville with help of Food Network star

Gus and Beth Walters recently opened a cupcakery franchise created by Jeff Martin, Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” competitor for three seasons. Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise Audio: New carpet factories in Dalton help…

Audio: A talk with Sen. Saxby Chambliss on Syria vote

Chambliss, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks about the upcoming Senate vote. Source: WABE.org Audio: Rep. Austin Scott is tired of U.S. getting involved in world disputes Rep. Austin…

Staff Sgt. Michael R. Guza awarded Purple Heart in Fort Benning ceremony

Guza was wounded Sept. 16, 2011, in Afghanistan during a command-detonated improvised explosive device attack. Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Georgia PSC may give $10,000 to anti-abortion group Two elected Georgia regulators have…

Report: Blow to neck killed Valdosta teen found in gym

The parents of a south Georgia teenager found in dead his school gymnasium are asking federal authorities to investigate after a new autopsy concluded the boy died from a blow…

Woman accused of cooking, selling meth Inside Thomasville home

Several complaints from residents in Thomasville led Narcotic Agents to a house along Vernon Lane. “We had information that she has been possibly cooking and selling methamphetamine,” said Agent Kevin…

Parents of Valdosta boy found dead in wrestling mat want case reopened

The parents of a south Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in a high school gym want federal authorities to reopen a case that had been declared…

Gregg Allman to perform Macon concert in December

Gregg Allman to perform Macon concert in December

Hometown music legend Gregg Allman is returning to Macon this year for a concert at the Grand Opera House. Allman, an original member of the Allman Brothers Band, which recorded…

Freezer roof collapses at Savannah food bank over weekend

Freezer roof collapses at Savannah food bank over weekend

The large, walk-in freezer’s roof collapsed and no one was injured; workers tried to save as much frozen food as possible. Workers Tuesday morning arrived at the 2501 E. President…

Atlanta Motor Speedway to be smoke-free in seating areas

The new policy will start in January and will be in effect at all speedway events including the annual NASCAR Labor Day race weekend. Source: WABE.org CDC says black men at…

People urged not to feed alligators

With the recent fascination and focus on alligators, people have been feeding them marshmallows, chicken nuggets and french fries, resulting in alligators seeking out people, leading to their euthanization if…

Georgia school system considers putting rifles in schools

The Gainesville City School system is considering putting guns, locked inside safes, in three of its schools. Source: Gainesville Times  Dean at ABAC says jobs still available in health care profession…

Proposed Hyundai plant in LaGrange could mean 300 jobs to area

Tuesday, the Troup County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding for the proposed Hyundai plant in West Point. It is the first step in making the plant official. Source: WTVM.com State…

Two veterans walk through Tifton on their way to D.C.

Two veterans are walking more than 3,000 miles to ultimately reach Washington, D.C. by Veterans Day on Nov. 11 in support of the U.S. Constitution. Source: Tifton Gazette Audio: A talk…

State’s utility regulators approve deal to put off decision on Georgia Power budget

The agreement means the debate over the rising cost of building two reactors at Plant Vogtle will be delayed for years, putting off a decision on whether Georgia Power can…

1-year-old Blackshear boy killed while playing on city street

A 1-year-old Blackshear boy was killed Friday night when he was struck by a truck on the edge of a city street, the Georgia State Patrol said.John Guess, 27, who…

One airlifted in Winokur one-vehicle accident

One airlifted in Winokur one-vehicle accident

A Winokur accident involving children sent at least two people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon – one a six year old girl. According to the investigating patrolman, Trooper First Class…

Charlie Elden Crews, 89

August 28, 2013 — Charlie Elden Crews, 89, of Hoboken died Wednesday morning at his residence after an extended illness. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m.…

Francis Roberson, 80

September 2, 2013 — Francis Jerome Roberson, 80, of Waynesville passed away Sunday after a brief illness. A visitation will be held Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at Frye Funeral…

Thomas Sarro, 46

Sept. 1 2013 — Thomas Joseph Sarro, 46, of Nahunta died Friday in Shand’s of Jacksonville from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. Visitation will be held Friday afternoon…

Jekyll Island 4H Center to be torn down, replaced

Jekyll Island 4H Center to be torn down, replaced

As Roosevelt Turner brushed fresh paint on bare and soiled spots on the Jekyll Island 4H Center walls, director Donna Stewart said she’ll be glad when the replacement is built.But…

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