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Action GM teams up with Rachael Ray Show to give new car to deserving college student

Tashana Shields, a sophomore at Florida State University, got a big surprise when she appeared on The Rachel Ray Show Thursday. Shields, a formerly homeless college student, was invited to the program along with a Tallahassee bank teller who had been helping raise money to buy Shields a car. Tashana talked with Rachel Ray about growing up in… Read More »

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Miller County Pirates win region championship, look for strong showing at state tourney

The Miller County Pirates won the Georgia Region 1-A baseball championship on Wednesday night in Colquitt, with a 12-2 drubbing of Baconton Charter School. Miller County ace Cole Vann pitched five solid innings, only allowing two runs. Vann also hit two doubles, which brought home several runs for the Pirates. 4/22 @ 4:30p 1 2 3 4 5… Read More »

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Hundreds of VSU students show support for American flag after controversial protest

You may have heard the story about police in Valdosta detaining a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after 14 years, took the flag from a group of African American students at Valdosta State University who… Read More »

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Weekend storm brings over 3 inches of rain, damaging winds (Pictures)

An hours-long storm system brought heavy rainfall and windy weather to Southwest Georgia, Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama on Sunday, April 19. High speed winds that could have either been a possible tornado, a downburst or straight-line winds caused damage around Blakely, Ga., according to Early County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Jarrett. The windy weather knocked down… Read More »

Bainbridge thanks Hahira man for restoration of Civil War cannon

At a celebration in Willis Park on Friday afternoon, the City of Bainbridge recognized and showed its appreciation to Mr. C.A. “Bullet” Rykard of Hahira for the restoration of its Civil War cannon. Mayor Pro Tem Don Whaley read a Proclamation and presented Mr. Rykard with a key to the city. Several months ago, Rykard asked permission to remove… Read More »

Around Our Area: Blakely man dies in early Friday accident

A Blakely, Ga., man passed away in an auto accident in Albany, Ga., early Friday morning, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Escondarius Deshon Yarborough, 24, of Blakely. The one-car accident happened on Gillionville Road in Albany at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Friday, April 24. According to GSP, Yarborough apparently lost… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 4/22 to 4/24

Large crowd gathers for American flag rally in Valdosta (Pictures)

Powerful scene in Valdosta as supporters create a parade-like atmosphere with American flags. Very positive. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/sPKtIhr5gg — Matt Belanger (@MattWSB) April 24, 2015 Large police presence in #Valdosta as supporters line street @wsbtv Classes cancelled and business operations closed pic.twitter.com/TyjUJ9Ad1x — Matt Belanger (@MattWSB) April 24, 2015

Bainbridge inmates returning to Decatur County Jail

Five years after the City of Bainbridge decided not to renew its contract with the Decatur County Jail, negotiations are underway to return the city’s inmates to Bainbridge. The City of Bainbridge signed a contract with the Pelham City Jail in July 2010 to house city inmates there. Currently, Bainbridge Public Safety sends people who are arrested for… Read More »

Bainbridge High School Varsity Soccer teams take two from Brooks County

The State bound Bainbridge High School girls and boys varsity soccer teams concluded their regular season play by defeating both the Brooks County Lady Trojans and Trojans last Tuesday night in Quitman. In the girls contest Bainbridge scored five first half goals in route to a 6-0 victory. The Lady Bearcats struck quickly by scoring two goals within… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 4/24/15

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it… Read More »

Breaking News: Valdosta State cancels all classes and activities for Friday

All normal campus business operations are suspended Friday, April 24. This includes the cancelation of all classes and scheduled events. — Valdosta State (@valdostastate) April 23, 2015 According to the Valdosta Daily Times, VSU is suspending operations Friday, April 23 due to a rally expected to draw thousands of people along the streets surrounding the campus. The rally… Read More »

5 Georgia Southern nursing students killed in Wednesday crash on I-16

Five women killed early Wednesday in a fiery interstate crash in southeast Georgia were all nursing students headed to a Savannah hospital. St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System said all five were Georgia residents commuting to St. Joseph’s Hospital for their final clinical rotation of the school year. The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer failed to slow down… Read More »

Area Sports: Miller County baseball, Bainbridge tennis, baseball and track

The Miller County Pirates baseball team won Wednesday’s Region 1-A championship against Baconton Charter by a score of 12-2. Miller County currently has a season record of 13-5 and their season will continue in the state playoffs. Their seeding in the tournament has not yet been set. The Bainbridge High School boys tennis team, who were the Region 1-AAAA champions,… Read More »

Citizens of Georgia Power to hold charity golf tournament May 15

The Bainbridge Chapter of the Citizens of Georgia Power will be hosting the inaugural “CGP Classic” Golf Tournament on Friday May 15th, 2015. 100% of proceeds raised from the tournament will be donated to the Bainbridge YMCA and Decatur County Humane Society. At this time, we would like to ask you to support this wonderful cause by participating… Read More »

Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets Varsity loses Lowndes 7-2

Brandon Slocumb allowed three hits, but Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets Varsity still fell to Lowndes 7-2 in seven innings on Wednesday at Away. Cj Johnson recorded the win for Lowndes. He tossed one inning of shutout ball. Johnson struck out one, walked none and gave up no hits. Dylan Burton ended up on the wrong side of… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 4/23/15

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 34:7,17 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. The angel of the LORD encampeth round… Read More »

Father of VSU protester tells son to turn himself in to authorities

Valdosta police are still looking for Eric Sheppard Jr., one of the protesters who was seen walking on an American flag on the campus of Valdosta State University last week. While the protest of Sheppard and others regarding the legacy of slavery was judged to be legal, VSU campus police issued a warrant for his arrest Tuesday afternoon… Read More »

Atlanta Falcons 2015 schedule released

Tuesday night the National Football League released the schedules for all 32 teams including the Atlanta Falcons who missed the playoffs last season with a 6-10 record. Mike Smith is out as head coach and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is in along with a few new coordinators include Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator. Personally, I… Read More »

Flint River up by 2 feet after recent rain

There were a number of people enjoying time in and around the Flint River in Decatur County, taking advantage of the beautiful sunny weather on Wednesday. You could see people fishing, boating, picnicking and resting alongside the banks of the Flint River, which has risen a bit due to recent rainfall.

Students share ideas in ‘If I Were Mayor…’ essay contest

Two middle school students from Bainbridge, Michael Conder and Piper Loeffler, were recognized as the local winners of the ‘If I Were Mayor…’ essay contest. In the essay contest, organized by the Georgia Municipal Association and local city councils, students are asked to write about how they would run local government if given the chance to serve as… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 4/21 to 4/22