Category Archives: Around our Area

Around Our Area: Students Injured in Collision Between Dump Truck and Bus

Officials say five Florida Panhandle high school students have been taken to local hospitals after their school bus was hit by a dump truck that ran a red light. The bus, which was occupied by 22 students and a driver, flipped over onto its side and came to rest against a utility pole. Escambia County School District Superintendent… Read More »




Around Our Area: Overturned tractor-trailer blocks Highway 97 in Camilla

An overturned tractor-trailer has blocked GA HWY 97 at Camilla Airport Road, WALB-TV reports. Officials said a large load of plywood spilled over around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. The crash is under investigation by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and GSP. Read More and See Pictures at WALB.com City of Thomasville Planning Downtown Amphitheater THOMASVILLE, Ga. —… Read More »

Grady County schools receive $52,000 in laptops ordered by scammer

Chris Guest, the IT professional who manages computers for Grady County Schools, knew something was up when 20 boxes from Dell showed up at Cairo High School–each box contained a much fancier laptop than what the school system normally purchases. Here’s how the Cairo Messenger told the story: Cairo High School received an unexpected delivery of $52,000 worth… Read More »




Florida high school to begin quarterly drug tests for students (Plus Take Our Poll!)

Orlando Sentinel The first test that high-schoolers at First Academy-Leesburg must pass this year will be administered with the snip of scissors. In coming weeks, 154 students will file into the school clinic to submit hair samples that, though no larger than a pencil tip, will tell the story of the past 90 days. A private lab will… Read More »

Around Our Area: Donalsonville double murder suspect scheduled for trial

DanTony Swinson, 50, is scheduled to go on trial today for a double murder prosecutors say he committed in July of 2013. The murder occurred in Donalsonville, but Swinson was arrested was arrested in Waycross, for the murders of Eliace Marie Smith, 49, and Heber Jettie Bennett, Jr., 64, both of Donalsonville. Swinson faces two counts of murder,  and possession… Read More »




Bainbridge man charged with burglaries in Florida beach towns

The Gulf County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office is investigating seven separate home burglaries, mainly near St. Joe Beach and Cape San Blas. Deputies arrested Kenneth Regan, 40, of Bainbridge, Georgia on unrelated charges. Regan is facing four counts of burglary in Gulf County. As of Tuesday, August 18, Regan is in custody at the Decatur County Jail after he was… Read More »




Around Our Area: Troopers searching for car that hit, killed a pedestrian

As of 9:30 Tuesday morning, Georgia State Patrol was searching for the vehicle that hit and killed a person walking along U.S. 84 just East of CCC Rd. around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday. Trooper First Class Shane Copeland, with the GSP post in Valdosta, said 38 year old Johnny Eugene Rowe was walking east in the westbound lane closet to the… Read More »

Around Our Area: Fatal vehicle crash in Miller County

A weekend crash in Miller County claimed the life of a Leary, Ga., man, WALB reported. Georgia State Patrol officials say 61-year-old Wiley Smith ran a stop sign around 2 o’clock Saturday morning at the intersection of Johnny Freeman Drive and Highway 91. His Chevy Silverado pickup was struck by a semi-truck and Smith was thrown from the… Read More »

Around Our Area: Child snatched from Lowndes County elementary school; father charged

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff ’s Office said it thwarted a child abduction plot Friday afternoon. A man who authorities believe is a non-custodial father, flew a small airplane to Valdosta and stands accused of snatching his child from a school playground. According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, at approximately 2:15 p.m., two men walked… Read More »




Bearcats are big winners in scrimmage – Southwest Georgia Football Roundup for weekend of 8/14

Thomasville defeats Mitchell County in Friday football scrimmage The win won’t register on the season standings, but the Thomasville’s performance Friday night in a 34-18 win against 1-A Mitchell County provides a good starting point as the Bulldogs pound into a tough non-region schedule starting this week in West Laurens. Junior Tori Sapp was the breakout player, finding… Read More »

Around Our Area: Thief takes batteries from tractor while owner at lunch

The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a suspect in a Wednesday afternoon theft of two batteries out of a tractor while the owner was at lunch. Kevin Perryman told police that he left the John Deere tractor at his farm in the 300 block of Hartsfield Road from about noon-2 p.m. When he returned he discovered that… Read More »

Southwest Georgia 4-H members achieve statewide recognition

More than 250 Georgia 4-H’ers met in Atlanta July 21-22 to vie for 47 coveted “Master 4-H’er” titles, the youth organization’s highest honor. Students from across the state competed in a variety of categories, from photography to public speaking, and communications to companion animal science. They gave 12-minute demonstrations and prepared portfolios of their research and service project… Read More »




Camilla native: ‘Tackling Rural Child Poverty In Southwest Georgia’

By Krysta Harden, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary In late July, I was thrilled to visit with leaders from across southwest Georgia, including my hometown of Camilla, to discuss how USDA can support their work on the ground tackling issues relating to rural child poverty. In Georgia, the poverty rate is 19 percent, and for children, it’s… Read More »

Congressman Bishop to hold public meeting on Lake Seminole hydrilla problem

DONALSONVILLE, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced an upcoming hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting in Donalsonville, GA. Congressman Bishop has invited and will be accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. The purpose of the meeting is to get feedback from the public on the issue.… Read More »