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 »

Heat advisory issued for Sunday; heat index could reach 108-112 degrees

From the National Weather Service: …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT /11 AM CDT/ TODAY TO 7 PM EDT /6 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING … THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY …WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON EDT /11 AM CDT/ TODAY TO 7 PM EDT /6 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING. * HEAT INDEX …NEAR 108 DEGREES. * IMPACTS …THESE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE THE… Read More »

Public Meetings Scheduled Re: Georgia Deer Management Plan

Georgia’s white-tailed deer population is a great natural resource that provides aesthetic, consumptive, and economic value. Each year, approximately 300,000 deer hunters harvest nearly 400,000 deer over the course of the deer season. The annual economic impact of deer hunting in Georgia exceeds $890 million and supports more than 11,000 jobs. In addition to hunting, a number of key issues and opportunities are linked directly to this resource. These include,… Read More »

19 Lightning Safety Tips for Residents

Electrical strikes and surges from lightning can destroy your home, cause severe injury and even death. With the recent lightning strikes affecting residents and their homes across the nation, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers the following tips to help families reduce their risk of lightning injuries and protect their home. Protect Your Family Stay alert and listen carefully for the first signs of lightning or thunder.… Read More »

Mid Georgia Ambulance Service expands services in South Georgia

News Release As part of an EMS regionalization initiative for providing more efficient and reliable care throughout the state, Mid Georgia Ambulance (MGA), Seminole County’s newly contracted provider, began providing EMS services for the citizens of Baker County on Wednesday, July 16th. MGA and Baker County officials finalized the EMS agreement Monday evening, July 7th. An MGA transition team was on-site in Newton the following Tuesday morning to begin the… Read More »

Recent Southwest Georgia Food Facility Inspections – July 14 to July 25

For June Decatur County food inspection reports see our previous posting. Miller County and Baker County did not report any inspections during the time period of 07/14/14 – 07/25/14.   The following food facility inspections were conducted by the Decatur County Environmental Health Department: Burger King, 1230 E. Shotwell St., 93, 07/18 Pace’s Fish Camp, 3439 Spring Creek Road, Brinson, 88, 07/16 Subway, 1800 Dothan Road, 93, 07/24 Taco Bell, 1400… Read More »