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Hundreds of VSU students show support for American flag after controversial protest

You may have heard the story about police in Valdosta detaining a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after 14 years, took the flag from a group of African American students at Valdosta State University who… Read More »

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Weekend storm brings over 3 inches of rain, damaging winds (Pictures)

An hours-long storm system brought heavy rainfall and windy weather to Southwest Georgia, Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama on Sunday, April 19. High speed winds that could have either been a possible tornado, a downburst or straight-line winds caused damage around Blakely, Ga., according to Early County Emergency Management Agency Director Ray Jarrett. The windy weather knocked down… Read More »

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Mosely asks ‘Why?’ after beloved bird dog shot by neighbor

Butch Mosely, who lives and hunts near the town of Climax on eastern Decatur County, is upset after his beloved bird dog, Ace, was apparently shot to death by a neighbor. Mosely told the story of what happened in a paid advertisement published in The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight on Wednesday, April 14. Ace was a pointer dog, one of five… Read More »

Around Our Area: Valdosta State police find protestor’s gun on campus; arrest warrant issued

Valdosta Today is reporting that Valdosta State University police found a backpack containing a gun at the VSU library. The gun was later linked to Eric Sheppard, one of the persons protesting against racism by walking on the American flag. The following was posted on the official Valdosta State University website Tuesday afternoon: At Odum Library at approximately 245… Read More »

Cairo Syrupmakers takes advantage of early error, beats Bainbridge 4-1

Three first-inning runs helped Syrupmakers to a 4-1 win over Bainbridge HS at Cairo on Tuesday. Syrupmakers scored in the first on an error, a walk by Myles Knight, and a bases loaded walk by Stanton Long. Drew Leverette had a hot bat for Syrupmakers. Leverette went 3-4 and scored one run. He singled in the first and… Read More »

Sowegalive Film Review: Whiplash

At some point in everyone’s life they aspire to be great at something. For some it was on the athletic field while for others it was in the classroom. In the film Whiplash, Andrew is a young jazz drummer who wants to be the greatest of all time and throughout the film makes it very clear what his… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 4/20 to 4/21

Blue Bell voluntarily recalls all products over listeria concern

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily recalled all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Samples taken by the firm showed the presence Listeria monocytogenes in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17 and March 27, 2015.… Read More »

Peanut entomologist solicits help via survey

Planted peanut acreage is expected to increase in 2015. By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences TIFTON — To better sustain Georgia’s future peanut production, a University of Georgia peanut entomologist is surveying Georgia farmers. Notifications about the online survey were mailed directly to the more than 3,500 peanut producers in Georgia. The… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council to meet

Mayor Edward Reynolds and the Bainbridge City Council will meet Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m., with the following agenda: Recognition of “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest winners Scheduled visitor – Janette Burns-Michaels Audit presentation – FY 2014 Consideration of installation of traffic-calming devices Consideration of street closure request from Downtown Development Authority Consideration of alcoholic beverage… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 4/21

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the… Read More »

Veterans’ support center planned for Bainbridge

Dan West, a local man with non-combat service in the U.S. Army, recently told the Decatur County Commissioners about his plans to open up a center that would provide support services to veterans from this area of Southwest Georgia. West said he had spent a lot of time helping veterans in Tallahassee, Fla., but realized something was needed… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 4/18 to 4/20

Bainbridge Public Safety makes drug bust Saturday

On Saturday, April 18, Bainbridge Public Safety received a tip that a suspected drug dealer was in the Bainbridge area driving a gray vehicle with a Florida tag. When Officer John Walker spotted a vehicle matching the description, he turned his patrol car around so he could get behind it. Upon doing so, the suspect sped up and… Read More »

Grace Christian Academy literary team performs well at state competition

Grace Christian Academy‘s Literary Team did an outstanding job at the 2015 GISA State Literary & Music Competition on March 25th at Valdosta State University. Brent Warr was selected as the GISA Class AA Boy’s Solo State Winner, Dakota Vickers was chosen as the State Runner Up in Piano along with the the GCA Boys Quartet consisting of… Read More »

Scripture of the Day, 4/20/15

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that… Read More »

New rules limit full contact during football practices in Georgia

The Georgia High School Association executive committee announced on Monday a flurry of changes that will be effective in the fall. Among them was a decree to limit full contact preseason football practices to 45 minutes per day and 135 minutes per week, and regular and postseason practices to 30 minutes per day and 90 minutes per week.… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports, 4/16 to 4/18

Bearcats defeat Americus-Sumter Panthers 11-2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E AMRC 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 4 BNRD 5 1 1 4 0 0 11 9 1 A fielder’s choice, a groundout by Seth Hall, an error, an RBI double by Anderson Bailey, and an error in the first inning and an RBI double… Read More »

Camilla police seek public’s help in finding two suspected drug dealers

Camilla, Ga., police are hunting for two men wanted on drug-related charges, and are asking for the public’s help. Camilla Police say Perry Hopkins is charged with selling cocaine, and Printiss Cortez Donaldson is wanted on charges of selling marijuana. Four other men were arrested back in February, after undercover agents say they made several purchases of cocaine and… Read More »

Recent Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Incident Reports

The following is a sampling of recent incidents reported by the Decatur County (GA) Sheriff’s Office. We do not list domestic incidents, out of respect for the victim’s safety, and we also redact citizens’ names and specific addresses, out of respect for their privacy. On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1522 hours, Deputy Kelly and Sgt. Williams responded… Read More »