Florida State Seminoles unveil upgraded football facilities

View photos of the latest changes to the FSU football facilities and learn about the new $250 million Champions Campaign benefitting Seminoles athletics Champions Campaign: A $250 million initiative to enhance athletic facilities, scholarships and team operating budgets.  For more information, visit www.championscampaign.com/about/ A tour of the updated Florida State University football facilities:   FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher talks about the upgraded football facilities: Photos by Bradley Warren and Dustin… Read More »

Man charged in shooting death at mobile home park

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has charged William Leroy Wimberly, 48, on suspicion of murder and three other charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday night at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Bainbridge. According to Captain Gale Bowyer of the Sheriff’s Office, Wimberly was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of… Read More »

Decatur County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting death

Please see our updated story about charges filed in connection with this case.   The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man at a mobile home park in Bainbridge on Tuesday night. Shortly after 11 p.m., Decatur-Grady E-911 received a call of a disturbance at the Shady Acres mobile home park, located near the intersection of Whigham Dairy Road and Old Whigham Road in… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/30

2 Timothy 1:7-8 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 1 John 2:28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety responds to kitchen fire on Louise Street

Bainbridge Public Safety officers responded to a kitchen fire at 402 Louise Street at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. The residents were home when the fire started in the rear of the home, BPS Director Eric Miller said. Firefighters removed some of the kitchen cabinets and other items from the kitchen to keep the fire from spreading, at the same time spraying water to put the fire out.… Read More »

Popular Christian rock band Skillet to perform at Wild Adventures August 9

We as Human to perform at 7:00 PM with Skillet taking the stage at 8:00 PM. Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee. Their high energy performances always please fans with No. 1 radio hits like “American Noise” and Sick of It.” General concert seating is included with a 2014 Season Pass or park admission. Reserved seats are an additional cost to park admission and are… Read More »

Georgia girl, 9, hit by plane on beach dies

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It was supposed to be a family trip to the beach to celebrate a wedding anniversary. But on Tuesday, a Georgia family lost its second member to the unimaginable: An airplane crash-landed on a Florida beach, striking a father and daughter. The 9-year-old girl hit by the plane while on the beach with her father has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry,… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25 – Team #19

#19 – Florida Gators Gainesville, Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548) 2013 Record: 4-8 (3-5) The Florida Gators began the 2013 season pretty well, only losing to a very good Miami team on their way to a 4-1 start before the wheels fell off the wagon and the Gators lost 7 straight games including three in The Swamp, a feat that hadn’t happened since 2010 and for those of you… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/29

Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring… Read More »

Summertime is a Great Time to Wet A Line for Catfish

Anytime is a great time to go fishing, as most anglers already know. However, fishing for catfish is a summertime tradition. Experienced angler, newbie or just the casual fisherman can find fantastic cat-fishing opportunities in Georgia. “Anglers who enjoy catching catfish have plenty of places to choose from in Georgia,” says John Biagi, chief with the Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management Section. “There almost certainly is a local place near… Read More »

Staff Reports

Your Southwest Georgia Weather Forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Light northwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west northwest in the evening. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around… Read More »

How Hot Is It This Week?

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EDT /5 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EDT /5 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING. * HEAT INDEX…NEAR 108 DEGREES * IMPACTS…THESE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES…SUCH… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 07/28

The following arrests and citations, occurring between July 24, 2014 and July 28, 2014, were reported by Bainbridge Public Safety and the Decatur County Jail: Rufus Leon Brown, 48, 815 MLK Jr. Drive, Bainbridge, public drunk, pedestrian darting in and out of traffic; W. Day, BPS; Peyton Tracy Dixon, 19, 1045 Attapulgus-Climax Road, Bainbridge, instructional permits, open container, windshield violation, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to file or… Read More »

Georgia School Buses Ready for the Start of the New School Year

ATLANTA—As school systems across Georgia begin preparing for the new school year, officials with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division say they have completed their annual school bus inspections and the buses are ready to resume their normal operations. “Officers have inspected almost 20,000 school buses across the state during the past 12 months,” said Major Gene Davis, Commander of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division. Georgia… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25 – Team #20

#20 – Texas Longhorns Austin, Texas DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119) 2013 Record: 8-5 (7-2) Not many programs have the clout and power to force a coach into retirement following an 8-5 season but when you are the Head Coach at the University of Texas, finishing fourth in the conference behind two teams from Oklahoma and another team from Texas is unacceptable. Mack Brown announced his retirement last December after 16… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/28

John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Proverbs 24:17 Do not gloat… Read More »

Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia

By the Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia. A federal indictment unsealed in February 2013 brought charges against the head of Peanut Corporation of America and several others stemming from the… Read More »

News from Around Our Area

Former Cairo star returns home to give back Cliff Hammonds just finished his sixth professional season in Europe. He’s taking some time this offseason hosting kids at his basketball camp. The former Syrupmaker star is holding the third annual Cliff Hammonds Basketball Skills Camp this week in Cairo…Read More Former CEO David Perdue Wins Georgia’s GOP Senate Runoff Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican… Read More »

Your Southwest Georgia Weather Forecast for Monday and Tuesday

Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Monday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy,… Read More »