Category Archives: Around our Area

More information released on Early County shooting death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Sylvester office, is investigating a case in Arlington, in which an Early County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 58-year-old man on Tuesday. According to a GBI media release, deputies were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to Jerry’s Country Meat and Catering Company on Highway 45 in response to an emergency 911 complaint of… Read More »

Wednesday night storm brought heavy rain, weather alerts

Severe weather swept through North Florida snapping trees and knocking out power to residents across the area. The storm system which may have generated a tornado hit Gadsden County and the surrounding areas shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to local law enforcement. Gadsden County Public Works crews were dispatched around 6:35 PM Wednesday night of several downed… Read More »

Authorities searching for escaped inmates near Thomasville

UPDATE: The search has been suspended as of Thursday, Nov. 19, because authorities believe the two escapees have moved out of the initial search area. The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to look for the fugitives. WCTV – Thomas County authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a work detail Tuesday around noon. Officials with the… Read More »

Dothan, AL students, teachers injured after charter buses collide in Tallahassee

Tallahassee Police are investigating an accident between two charter buses carrying students and teachers on a field trip from their school in Dothan, Ala. At approximately 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 two “Southern Coaches” charter buses were travelling northbound on Gadsden Street when the rear bus collided with the bus in front of it, causing an accident… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Valdosta woman arrested after running over husband with car

A Valdosta woman runs her husband down with her car as her children watch in horror, then lies about it to police. Saturday morning, Valdosta Police Officers were called to the 700 block of Langdale Drive related to a reported assault. A person called 911 and said a woman in a black Chrysler 300 sedan was trying to… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: City of Meigs going out of business?

MEIGS — Due to the Meigs City Council’s failure to purchase liability insurance following its cancellation effective today, Meigs may be out of business at midnight, at least temporarily. The jobs of eight city employees are in jeopardy,, including the police chief and three police officers. In an email to his officers, Police Chief Gary Price said, “It… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Green substance found on Thomasville resident to be analyzed by Crime Lab

THOMASVILLE — The proper identification of a bright-turquoise, granular substance found on a Thomasville resident will be determined at a state crime lab. The substance is among several synthetic drugs sweeping communities nationwide. Identification of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription drugs is quick work for narcotics agents, but new synthetic substances are not as easily identified. The substance… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Man accused of stealing money donated to police officer’s family

An ex police officer who set up a go fund me page to raise money for the widow and family of late Pelham police officer John Mucci was arrested Thursday, accused of stealing the donations. Co workers of a late Pelham Police officer are outraged over the theft of money meant to help his family. Mucci died suddenly of… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Proposal could allow casinos in Georgia

Investigators search for stolen wheelchair worth over $10,000 The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after someone stole an electric wheelchair worth more than $10,000. Investigators were called to a home on the 100 block of East Gate Drive in Norman Park after the homeowner noticed the wheelchair was missing from her storage building. The owner told investigators… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Meigs hires new city attorney and city clerks

The Meigs City Council hired Tom Lehman as city attorney and former city employee Cissy White and Valerie West as “temporary” city clerks at Monday night’s special called meeting. No mention was made about when Mayor Linda Harris will resign now that a new administration has been hired. She told residents after her arrest in October, allegedly for… Read More »

Tornadoes reportedly touch down in Southwest Georgia on Sunday

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee reports tornadoes briefly touched down Sunday in Grady and Colquitt counties. One of the hardest hit areas was on Pine Level Road in Grady County where several trees toppled and at least one home sustained major damage. The National Weather Service has confirmed Monday that a brief tornado touched down near the… Read More »

History of Meigs, Ga. government plays out like a soap opera over a decade

Meigs City Council Drama Timeline The following timeline was compiled from articles in the archives of the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, including original reporting by Patti Dozier and Karen Murphy. December 2005 – Tension between Jimmy Layton and then-council member Cheryl Kicklighter-Hall and mayor-elect Harold Cook. Kicklighter-Hall said the council has received complaints of Layton being rude to citizens. At… Read More »

Job fair, health fair, veterans’ seminar offered this week

A job fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Kirbo Center, on the campus of Bainbridge State College. The job fair will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. next Wednesday and is free and open to all. A number of local employers and organizations will be represented at the job fair, including staff… Read More »

Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Early Co. man arrested for brutal beating

Early County Sheriff’s Deputies went to an emergency call about 5:00 Monday evening in the 9400 block of Spooner Quarter Road, and found a woman beaten so badly that she was unconscious. The sheriff said a 31-year-old female victim had multiple injuries to her face and body, and was basically unresponsive. Deputies arrested Joshua Brandon Grow, 27, at… Read More »

Cairo, Miami drug dealers sentenced to federal prison

A convicted Cairo, Ga., drug dealer and a Miami, Florida, co-defendant with Thomas and Grady County connections were sentenced Thursday to years behind federal prison bars. Roger Ross, 50, of Miami, and Odell Cleveland, 47, of Cairo, Ga., were recently sentenced in Albany U.S. District Court by Judge W. Louis Sands. Ross was sentenced to 360 months in… Read More »