Bainbridge property taxes to rise by 54.31 percent; City Council to hold hearings

News Release The City of Bainbridge has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 54.31 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase. The public hearings will be held at 101 South Broad Street in the City Hall Council Chambers. The first public hearing will be at 10 a.m. on July 30, 2014, the second at 4… Read More »

Dr. Ovidiu Popa leaving Bainbridge Memorial Hospital

News Release Effective August 1, 2014, Dr. Ovidiu Popa will no longer be employed by Memorial Hospital and Manor, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. Be assured that we have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure continuous and uninterrupted care for those patients currently being treated by Dr. Popa. We will have a Board Certified OB/GYN, Dr. Cathy Bagley, available in Dr. Popa’s current… Read More »

Meredian Inc. and DaniMer Scientific Merge Under Meredian Holdings Group Inc.

Companies merge to help produce sustainable, renewable and biodegradable resources BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Meredian Inc., the world’s largest producer of PHA and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable and biodegradable resources, have merged under a wholly-owned subsidiary Meredian Holdings Group Inc. “This merger took months of planning, approvals and precise execution. We have been able to consolidate and get rid of every class… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25 Countdown – Team #23

#23 – Boise State Broncos Boise, Idaho Bronco Stadium (36,387) 2013 Record: 8-5 (6-2) If I were to tell you that a college football team was returning an 1800-plus yard passer who threw 16 touchdown passes and ran in for 6 more, a running back who rushed for 1400-plus yards and 18 touchdowns, a wide receiver who caught 12 touchdown passes for over 1100 yards and 18 of 21 of… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/23/14

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. James 5:8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 2 Peter 3:11 Since everything… Read More »

Breaking: Decatur County will pay for legal fees of three Sheriff’s deputies indicted by federal grand jury

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin said he will not ask Decatur County Commissioners to pay legal expenses for his son, Wiley Griffin IV, at this time. Speaking during the public participation portion of Tuesday night’s meeting, Sheriff Griffin said he was confident the four current and former Sheriff’s deputies indicted by a federal grand jury will be exonerated after the legal proceedings are complete. However, the Sheriff said that he… Read More »

Sheriff Griffin: I won’t ask Decatur county commissioners to pay for my son’s legal expenses

PLEASE SEE OUR UPDATED POST ON TUESDAY’S MEETING Standing room only tonight at the Decatur County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night, the room was filled 45 minutes before the meeting started at 7 p.m. Presumably some of those present are waiting to hear commissioners discuss whether or not to pay legal expenses associated with county employees involved in a federal grand jury investigation. We will provide updates as we can… Read More »

Mayor: proposed millage rate increase will generate about $700,000 per year in revenue

If the Bainbridge City Council approves a proposed two-mill increase to the city’s millage rate, the resulting property tax collections will generate an additional $700,000 per year toward city revenue, according to Mayor Edward Reynolds. The Bainbridge City Council will hold public hearings on the proposed millage increase before taking a final vote. Reached by telephone Monday evening, July 21, Mayor Reynolds said he and the Bainbridge City Council discussed… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 07/22

The following arrests and citations, occurring between July 21, 2014 and July 22, 2014, were reported by Bainbridge Public Safety: Jamar Bernard Calloway, 26, 501 Cochran Street, Cairo, Ga., obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor), simple assault; R. Day, BPS; Bernadette Peoples, 35, 1150 Calvary Road, Cairo, Ga., simple battery; R. Day, BPS; Garrett Heath Inlow, 37, 1429 Lake Drive, Bainbridge, driving while license suspended/revoked, following too closely; C. Prindle, BPS;… Read More »

BSC appoints Harrell for permanent position

Bainbridge State College President Richard Carvajal has named Lauren Harrell as permanent executive director for Institutional Advancement. This appointment follows a national search and takes effect this month. Harrell, a long-time resident of Bainbridge, has served in the role as interim executive director since November 2013. In addition to executive director of Institutional Advancement, Harrell will also serve as executive director of the BSC Foundation. “I am thrilled to permanently… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25 Countdown – Team #24

#24 – Northwestern Wildcats Evanston, Illinois Ryan Field (47,130) 2013 Record: 5-7 (1-7) Northwestern was a trendy pick for the Big Ten Legends title in 2013 as they opened their conference schedule at home again Ohio State and a road game at Wisconsin. The Ohio State game was billed as the biggest game in the history of the football program as both teams came in ranked in the top 20… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/22

John 15:4-5 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:12 My command is this:… Read More »

City of Bainbridge plans to raise millage rate to 5.575

Bainbridge, GA Mayor Edward Reynolds released a statement on Monday, July 21 saying the City of Bainbridge plans to raise its millage rate. The proposed new millage rate is 5.575 mills. The city council will have to hold public hearings and a final vote before the millage rate becomes permanent. The millage rate affects the rate at which property taxes are assessed. The current millage rate is 3.57 mills. The City of Bainbridge… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 07/17 – 07/21

The following arrests and citations, occurring between July 17 and July 21, 2014, were reported by the Decatur County Jail: Cedrick Lamar Jones, 17, 2640 Belcher Lane, Bainbridge, disorderly conduct; C. Hill Jr., BPS; Benjamin Charles James, 21, 101 Heritage Circle, Brinson, DUI (2nd offense); VanLandingham, GSP; Lawrence Rosario, 20, 934 S. Bruton St., Bainbridge, failure to appear; R. Wimberley, BPS; Tynecia Shinese Trotter, 21, 1109 Troup St., Bainbridge, probation violation;… Read More »

Southern Football Report Preseason Top 25 Countdown – Team #25

#25 – Michigan Wolverines Ann Arbor, Michigan Michigan Stadium (109,901) 2013 Record: 7-6 (3-5) The Michigan Wolverines started the 2013 season 5-0 but then Brady Hoke’s squad went into their conference schedule and finished the season 2-6. This season they return senior quarterback Devin Gardner, a dual threat guy who threw 21 touchdown passes and ran for 11 on the ground. Gardner will have three of his top four wide… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 7/21/14

Deuteronomy 32:2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.    Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my… Read More »

Decatur County native James Butler Jr. to join Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame

James Butler Jr., a multi-sport star at Bainbridge High School who went on to play safety for the NFL’s New York Giants and St. Louis Rams, will be inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in October 2014. Georgia Tech fans, don’t forget that you can listen to all of the Yellow Jackets’ football games this fall on Q 92.3 FM, WQLI Camilla, Pelham and Cairo. ATLANTA –… Read More »

Runoff in Georgia U.S. Senate race is Tuesday

The Republican party primary runoff between David Perdue and Jack Kingston is the highlight of several races contested in Georgia’s general primary runoff, to be held Tuesday, July 22. Early voting in the primary runoff ended this past Friday and so far suggests a light turnout statewide. It’s important to exercise your Constitutional right to vote: if you voted in the May primary, please consider stopping by the local polling… Read More »

Your Southwest Georgia Weather Forecast for Monday and Tuesday

From the National Weather Service: Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Monday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South… Read More »

Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 7.4 percent in June

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in May. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 percent. “Although the rate increased, it’s because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark… Read More »