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SW GA teams competing in Final Four of state basketball tournaments

Underdog Cairo Syrupmakers boys look to keep hope alive in Columbus Several Southwest Georgia high schools have teams playing deep into the Georgia state basketball tournaments. Pelham’s girls team will play Holy Innocents (Atlanta) at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. Seminole County’s boys team will play Vidalia at 8:15 p.m. Friday night at… Read More »

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Sheriff’s deputies help keep peace by serving arrest warrants, keeping track of sex offenders

There are a number of official duties for Georgia Sheriffs that are explicitly mentioned in the state’s Constitution. Among the most commonly performed, and most important duties, include serving court papers and executing arrest warrants issued by courts or local law enforcement. Most of the time, individuals are arrested immediately after an officer has cause to accuse them of… Read More »

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Donalsonville welcomes Bainbridge State College at Monday groundbreaking ceremony

The sun was certainly shining down on Donalsonville Monday when Bainbridge State College held the official groundbreaking ceremony for its newest educational facility in downtown Donalsonville, Ga. After years of planning and proposing, a longtime dream of Donalsonville residents who support both their community and higher education is finally coming true. On Monday, an official groundbreaking ceremony was… Read More »

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Georgia Power acquires two solar energy projects in Decatur County

ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2015 — Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power today announced the acquisition of two photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 99 megawatts (MW) in Georgia – the 80-MW Decatur Parkway Solar Project and the 19-MW Decatur County Solar Project – from Tradewind Energy, Inc. Both are located near Bainbridge, GA. Construction on the larger project is scheduled… Read More »

Cairo baseball falls 6-4 to Leon HS (FL)

Myles Knight did all he could to give the Cairo varsity baseball team a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Leon HS, as the Syrupmakers lost 6-4 in seven innings at Tallahassee on Saturday. Cairo’s Knight had a two-run double in the third inning. Leon HS was sparked by Jarad Clevenger and Sean Powell, who teamed… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 3/2/15

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 1 John 4:8-11 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son… Read More »

Parents concerned after fight at Moultrie school sends student to hospital with ‘puncture’ wounds

There will be an increased security at a Moultrie school this week after a fight that was captured on video was shared on social media and created a debate over student safety. A 15-year-old C.A. Gray Junior High student was hospitalized after a fight that school officials said involved “multiple students” just before classes were to begin Friday… Read More »

Seminole boys to play for state basketball championship; Pelham girls and Cairo boys fall just short in Final Four

Three Southwest Georgia high schools had basketball teams competing in the Final Four round of the Georgia state basketball tournaments this weekend. Pelham’s girls team lost to Holy Innocents (Atlanta) 78-70 at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. The Cairo boys team lost a close one to Carrollton, 48-45 on Saturday night at the University of West Georgia.… Read More »

In Georgia 4-H since he was 10, ‘Bo’ Ryles to receive lifetime achievement award

By JOSHUA PAINE University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, former state 4-H leader and director, is the recipient of the 2015 Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be honored Aug. 8 at the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala, an event that celebrates the University of Georgia Extension youth development program. His… Read More »

Poultry industry byproduct is valuable natural fertilizer

By Sharon Dowdy University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Claudia Dunkley’s colleagues at the University of Georgia help the state’s poultry farmers grow chickens more efficiently. Dunkley helps them handle one of the industry’s biggest, and often underappreciated, byproducts – chicken litter. For the past seven years, Dunkley has conducted Extension and applied research as… Read More »

Gulf recreational red snapper season workshops scheduled for March

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in March to gather public input on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season in state waters (from shore out to 9 nautical miles). The workshops are scheduled for the following locations (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. local time): March 9: Pensacola,… Read More »

Southwest Georgia GDOT District Engineer Joe Sheffield Is Retiring

TIFTON, Ga. – Joe Sheffield, who has led Georgia Department of Transportation operations in the southwest district for 10 years, is retiring Friday. Chad Hartley has been named the new District Engineer for southwest District 4. Hartley comes from the District 5 office in Jesup, where he has been Assistant District Engineer. Sheffield leaves the Department with a… Read More »

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day to take place at Georgia Capital

The Georgia peanut industry joins together to celebrate National Peanut Month in March TIFTON, Ga. — March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! The Georgia peanut industry plans to celebrate by hosting the 2015 Georgia PB&J Day at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. The event kicks off Tuesday morning… Read More »

Cairo outslugs Thomasville HS in 2-1 defeat

Syrupmakers lost 2-1 in seven innings at Thomasville, GA on Thursday, despite outhitting Thomasville Bulldogs three to two. Cairo’s Cage Cox got a hit in each of his two at bats. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning. Emerson Hancock had an impressive outing against Thomasville HS’ lineup. Thomasville HS managed just two hits… Read More »

Seminole County varsity baseball avenges loss to Baconton, winning 7-6 in rematch

The Seminole County Indians and Baconton Charter School exchanged the lead nine times on Thursday, but Indians ended up on top with a 7-6 win in seven innings over the Blazers. Seminole County lost to Baconton in a road game on February 17. Back in Donalsonville on Thursday, Seminole County managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning,… Read More »

Bainbridge Middle School baseball survives Baconton 6-4 thanks to Sam Boutwell’s late-game heroics

Sam Boutwell drove in the go-ahead run to give Bainbridge Middle School Bearcats the lead in the sixth inning, as BMS hung on to beat Baconton 6-4 on Thursday. Bearcat Ellis Faircloth walked to get on base in the sixth. He then went from second to third on a passed ball. Bainbridge was led by a flawless day… Read More »

How to get kids to eat healthier: study encourages grocery shopping and cooking with kids

By Josie A Krogh UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Terms like “gluten-free,” “natural,” “organic” and “locally grown” are popping up all over the grocery store and in the food media. It may seem like Americans are eating healthier than ever before. In reality, only a select group of consumers are buying products that are marketed as… Read More »

Recent Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Incident Reports

The following is a summary of recent incidents reported by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office: On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 0555 hours, Deputy Adam Mobley responded to the 2200 block of Dothan Highway, in reference to a dog attack. On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Deputy Redell Walton was contacted at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in reference to… Read More »