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Monday storms brought wind, rain and hail to Decatur County and SW Georgia (Video)

Two Monday evening storms brought wind, heavy rain and hail to Decatur County and Southwest Georgia, including Grady and Thomas counties. A heavy downpour began in Bainbridge at about 5:15 p.m., and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service. The first storm lasted about 15-20 minutes, followed by a lull of about 5 minutes,… Read More »

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It costs $33 per day to house a prison inmate; Decatur County officials seek cost savings

Thirty three dollars per day — that’s how much it costs for Decatur County to house one inmate at the Decatur County Prison on Airport Road, according to Warden Elijah McCoy. McCoy said that $33 per day, per inmate includes costs such as food ($3.66 per day), clothing, personal hygiene items and linens (bed sheets and towels). According… Read More »

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Four indicted Sheriff’s deputies to stand trial next week

The four former and current Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies who were indicted by a federal jury over allegations they violated the civil rights of a man at the 2013 Bainbridge Bikefest will stand trial in federal court starting next week. The four law enforcement officers were indicted by a federal jury in July 2014. The indictment concerns an… Read More »

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Be careful while boating on Memorial Day weekend

What are you doing for the Memorial Day weekend?  If it involves heading to a local lake, you will be joining thousands on the water to celebrate.  When making your plans, be sure to include time to review rules and regulations of safe boating. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division there were 112… Read More »

Chance of showers likely as people return to work after holiday

Your Southwest Georgia Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service: Tuesday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday… Read More »

3 people killed in Southwest Georgia crashes over Memorial Day weekend

The Georgia State Patrol post in Thomasville reported 52-year-old Terry Merritt was driving on Hadley Ferry Road in Grady County on Saturday night when his car lost control, ran off the road, and overturned. Merritt died in the crash. The GSP Post based in Albany, Ga., reported two traffic deaths over the holiday weekend patrol period, which ended… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to meet Tuesday; will discuss county administrator search

Regular Meeting of The Decatur County Board of Commissioners May 26, 2015 Agenda 7:00 PM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: None to be Presented Public Participation (1) Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting held May 12, 2015 OLD BUSINESS: (2) Drainage Ditch Behind Kelly Store (3) Update on County Administrator Position… Read More »

Mike Hammer, longtime City of Bainbridge employee, passes away

Mike Hammer, a 14-year employee of the City of Bainbridge, passed away on the morning of Friday, May 22, according to city officials. Hammer, who was the City of Bainbridge’s maintenance supervisor, had been fighting cancer for approximately a year, said Steve Winburn, director of Bainbridge Public Works. In January 2015, Hammer was honored as the City of… Read More »

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Your Memorial Day Weekend Weather Forecast (Live Local Radar)

Your Southwest Georgia Weather forecast from the National Weather Service: Friday night Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind around 5 mph. Sunday Mostly sunny, with a… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 5/22

Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but… Read More »

To prevent dog bites, follow these tips

A dog escaping its yard to bite a five-year-old boy in Crawfordville, Fla., is a serious reminder of the need to be aware of the fact that dogs can sometimes attack unexpectedly. The five-year-old boy was on a swing in his neighbor’s yard on May 18 when a labrador retriever broke through an electrical dog fence and escaped… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 5/21

Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. —Psalm 79:9 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… I am sure at times that God gets disgusted with our behavior and our lack of seeking after him. I’m sure there are moments when he acts to bless us… Read More »

103 credit card skimmers found at Florida gas stations

ORLANDO, Fla.—Over the past three months, inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have swept through Florida checking gas station pumps for “skimmers,” devices that people illegally place on pumps in order to capture consumers’ credit or debit card information. Commissioner Adam H. Putnam today announced that his department has uncovered 103 skimmers used for… Read More »

Fly Your American Flags with Pride! – Send us your flag photos and you could win Wild Adventures tickets!

Southwest Georgians, fly your American flags with pride for the “Land of the Free”! We want to show everyone that Southwest Georgia is the most patriotic community in the world, and we need your help! Send us your photos of the American flag flying proudly outside your home or business, and as our way of saying “thanks!” we… Read More »

Decatur County Commissioners doing background checks on administrator candidates

Decatur County commissioners are making progress in their search for the next county administrator. The search started out with 21 people who applied, and a search committee has narrowed the list of candidates down to five: four men and one woman. The search committee is comprised of Dennis Brinson, chairman of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, and… Read More »

BHS Air Force JROTC Program and Cadets Earn Top Recognition

On May 8, 2015 the BHS Air Force JROTC conducted its 21st annual awards program. Each year Headquarters Air Force JROTC awards programs the Distinguished Unit Award. The criteria for this recognition is extremely difficult to achieve and only some of the over 800 Air Force JROTC units will earn this distinction. This year marks the 12th year… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 5/20

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. John 10:3-4 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name,… Read More »