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Judge reduces award amount in Walden case

A Decatur County judge has ordered the amount a jury awarded the parents of the late Remington Walden in a lawsuit they filed against Fiat Chrysler of America. On July 24, Judge Kevin Chason of the Decatur County Superior Court issued two orders, one denying Fiat Chrysler’s motion for a new trial, and another order which reduced the… 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 »

Georgia cotton farmers should consider rye as a cover crop

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Georgia cotton farmers can benefit from using rye as a cover crop, according to scientists on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Along with providing an added defense against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth at planting, rye reduces thrips infestations significantly and could save farmers irrigation expenses. University… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/28

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against… Read More »

Firefighters stand by as Motiva maintains butane tanks

Bainbridge Public Safety officers were standing by Monday afternoon as Motiva, the operator of the large oil terminals on Shotwell Street in Bainbridge, maintained some butane storage tanks. Butane is an organic compound found in natural gas and produced from petroleum. Motiva uses butane as part of a fuel blending process that helps them meet Environmental Protection Agency… Read More »

2 Valdosta Men Plead Guilty To Dog Fighting And Firearms Charges

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that Raymond Lee Hendrix a/k/a “Georgia Lee” and “Lee”, of Echols County, Georgia; and Willie Henderson, of Lowndes County, Georgia, entered guilty pleas to a number of charges in United States District Court in Valdosta. The pleas were entered on June 25, 2015 before the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior District… Read More »

U.S. sees longest gas price decline since January

AAA AutoClub South News Release (WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015) The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped for 12 days in a row, which is the longest consecutive decline since January. Today’s national average price is $2.71 per gallon, which is a nickel per gallon less than one week ago and seven cents less than one month… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/27

2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let… Read More »

USDA undersecretary tours UGA community garden to discuss access to healthy food

The staff at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm on the Athens Campus, received a federal-sized pat on the back this week when Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden. Concannon, who was in Athens to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for clients… Read More »

Man shot to death after standoff with officers

Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 998 Yates Spring Road around 1:14 p.m. Friday regarding a reported suicide threat. The residence is in the Brinson community in northwestern Decatur County. Investigators stated Roger Braswell, 50, made threatening statements to deputies who responded to his house after Braswell reportedly threatened a former co-worker over the phone. The Decatur County… Read More »

FWC arrests poachers for possession of illegal species, including sea turtle

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested four people over the weekend for possession of undersized and illegal species. Saturday, as a result of an ongoing marine resource investigation, FWC officers conducted stops on two suspect vessels. These stops revealed undersized and illegal species onboard each vessel. On one of the vessels, stopped in the Gordon… Read More »

Around Our Area: Death of One-Year-Old in Thomasville Deemed a “Tragic Accident”

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Tonya Hayes hugged her sons just a little tighter Thursday; following the death of her neighbor’s 19-month-old son, Dallas Beltran. He died in what authorities are calling a “tragic accident.” “It’s heartbreaking, it’s a tragedy. You start thinking if it had been yours,” Hayes said. It all happened Wednesday morning on Swanson Road in Thomas… Read More »