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Georgia tax-free weekend is Friday and Saturday

Georgia’s tax-free weekend is July 31 and August 1. It’s a chance for you to save money on back-to-school items. But not everything is tax-free. Tax exemptions fall into three categories: Clothing (including footwear) with a price of $100.00 or less per item. Jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, and watches are not included. Computers with a price of $1,000.00… Read More »

Heavy rainfall expected Saturday in South Georgia

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND GEORGIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING IN FL…COASTAL BAY…COASTAL DIXIE…COASTAL FRANKLIN…COASTAL GULF…COASTAL JEFFERSON…COASTAL TAYLOR…COASTAL WAKULLA…CALHOUN… GADSDEN…INLAND BAY…INLAND DIXIE… INLAND FRANKLIN…INLAND GULF…INLAND JEFFERSON…INLAND TAYLOR…INLAND WAKULLA…LAFAYETTE…LEON…LIBERTY AND MADISON. IN GEORGIA…BERRIEN…BROOKS…COLQUITT…COOK… DECATUR…GRADY…LANIER…LOWNDES AND THOMAS.… Read More »

Decatur County to hold budget hearing; budget available for citizens to review

Citizens of Decatur County are hereby advised that a copy of the proposed 2015-2016 Decatur County Budget is available for inspection at the Decatur County Administration Building, 203 West Broughton Street, Bainbridge, Ga. You can download the budget in PDF format (25 MB) from sowegalive. A Public Hearing on the proposed Decatur County 2015-2016 Budget is scheduled for… Read More »

Georgia High School Football teams in pads tomorrow

It is finally here. Summer work out programs are over, the seven-on-seven leagues have wrapped up and kids are back from football camps at colleges across the country. That’s right, high school football season has arrived. Some schools across the state of Georgia will be putting on the pads tonight at midnight and the rest will be putting… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25: Team #25 Louisville Cardinals

The 2014 campaign for the Louisville Cardinals was all about new beginnings. The Cards welcomed back embattled head coach Bobby Petrino after a seven year absence from the sidelines of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium & his first year back was Louisville’s first year in a new conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference. I think expectations were a mixed bag… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/31

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you… Read More »

Decatur County prison warden resigns

Decatur County Prison Warden Elijah McCoy submitted a letter of resignation to county commissioners on Thursday, citing personal reasons for his decision. The resignation will take effect on Friday, July 31, according to newly appointed County Administrator Alan Thomas. McCoy has been suspended with pay for the past two weeks, pending the results of what Thomas termed “a… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/30

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess… Read More »

Heavy rainfall causing flash flooding in Decatur County

Parts of Bainbridge and Decatur County were experiencing flash flooding due to a heavy rainstorm that began at about 7:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Decatur County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:15 p.m., according to Decatur-Grady E-911. The National Weather Service reported approximately 4 inches of rain has fallen in Decatur County since… Read More »

Bainbridge police investigating business burglaries

Bainbridge Public Safety is investigating several break-ins at local businesses occurring over the past few days. In the most recent incident reported, Public Safety Officer Pat Bryant was dispatched to a tanning business called Catchin’ Rays, located at 600 E. Calhoun St. An employee reported that the business’ surveillance video showed two black males enter the rear of… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/29

Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have… Read More »

Alan Thomas appointed new Decatur County administrator

Decatur County commissioners unanimously voted to hire Alan Thomas as the new county administrator at their Tuesday night meeting. Thomas is returning for his second stint as county administrator, having previously served in the role from 1989 to 2005. County commissioners also approved Thomas’ contract, which will pay him a $115,000 annual salary and allot him up to… Read More »

DOT: What to do when new BHS traffic light goes live

BAINBRIDGE– the Georgia Department of Transportation announces the new traffic signal at the intersection of US 84/State Route 38 at Bearcat Boulevard (Bainbridge High school) will be fully operational at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29. The Department urges motorists and pedestrians alike to be aware of a new traffic environment in this area. Be patient and cautious as… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to meet Tuesday evening

Decatur County commissioners will meet Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton St., Bainbridge, with the following agenda: 7:00 PM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: Public Participation Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting held July 14, 2015 Approve Minutes of Special Called Meeting held… Read More »

Abandoned house burned to help Bainbridge Public Safety officers train on firefighting

Anyone who saw brown smoke rising above Bainbridge early Monday morning should be reassured it was just firefighters’ training drill. Bainbridge Public Safety officers set fire to a condemned home on the 700 block of Potter Street early Monday. BPS Fire Chief Doyle Welch said the purpose was two-fold: one, to clean up the property; and two, to… Read More »