Category Archives: Around our Area

Gov. Deal appoints Bainbridge City Manager, other Southwest Georgians to serve on state boards

Georgia  Governor Nathan Deal made 22 appointments to state boards on Feb. 6. Those 22 persons, including three from Southwest Georgia, were formally sworn into their board positions during ceremonies held in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.   Chris Hobby, State Workforce Investment Board Hobby serves as the city manager of Bainbridge. He previously served as assistant city… Read More »

Around Our Area: Deadly house fire; dog shot in dispute; Drone helps fight fire at peanut plant

One killed, two injured in Berrien County house fire State fire officials are investigating a house fire that left one person dead and two others injured. Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state fire commissioner, said 69-year-old Johnny Edward Holton was killed in the Friday night fire on Roberts Street in Nashville. Injured were 19-year-old William Bohanan; and… Read More »

Mitchell County teen recognized for participation in Georgia National Guard’s ‘Youth ChalleNGe’

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Ga.– Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Greene, recognized a Mitchell County teen, Thursday, Jan. 8, for for his participation in the Georgia National Guard’s 22-week Youth ChalleNGe Academy while attending the Georgia Adjutant General and Commanding General change of command ceremony in Marietta at Clay National Guard Center. Benjamin T. Jackson, of Camilla Ga., is… Read More »

Man wanted in connection with Ohio murders believed to have robbed a store in Donalsonville

Robert Roy Clark, 29, of Dennison, Ohio, is wanted in the slaying of Doyle and Lillian Chumney, an elderly couple whose burned remains were found inside their car on Jan. 19. Jeffrey Stewart, 21, of New Philadelphia, Ohio was arrested on Saturday and charged with the Chumneys’ murder after a tipster saw a surveillance photograph of him and… Read More »

Around our Area: Fatal fire, accident and DUI crash

Ashburn woman dies in wreck near Moultrie Sandra Deborah Cole Middleton, 53, of Ashburn, Ga., passed away after a car she was riding in crashed into a tree on Sumner Road in Colquitt County, near Moultrie, on Christmas night, according to the Thomasville post of the Georgia State Patrol. Middleton’s grandson was driving and apparently lost control of… Read More »

Lowndes County deputies arrest 11 people in underage sex sting; advice given to parents to keep kids safe

The Lowndes County GA Sheriff’s Office assisted US Air Force Agents in the arrest of 11 people in an underage sex sting called “Operation Broken Heart.” Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine issued the following release: Beginning in April 2014 investigators from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office assisted United States Air Force federal agents at Moody Air Force Base… Read More »

Deal appoints Blakely attorney as Pataula Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the appointment of Thomas H. Baxley to the Superior Court judgeship within the Pataula Judicial Circuit. Baxley will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Ronnie Joe Lane. The appointment will take effect upon swearing in. Baxley is currently a solo practitioner in Blakely and has served as State Court… Read More »

Deal: Chaparral Boats to create 50 jobs in Berrien County

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Chaparral Boats will expand its existing facility, creating 50 new jobs in Berrien County. “This expansion by Chaparral Boats underscores how well Georgia’s No. 1 business climate supports existing businesses,” said Deal. “With access to a widely recognized logistics infrastructure and a highly-trained workforce, Georgia offers the tools necessary to keep… Read More »

Upcoming Southwest Georgia community events

Want to submit an event for our community calendar? Please call us at (229) 246-7776 or email Brennan Leathers at!   Bainbridge State College students: Tuesday, Sept. 23: Movie Day: “Napoleon Dynamite,” Wellness Center lobby, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (free popcorn and drinks) Wednesday, Sept. 24: Dodgeball Tournament, Wellness Center gym, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.… Read More »

News From Around Our Area

Camilla police investigating Friday night shooting GBI Actively Searching For Two Men Suspected Of Trying To Run Over Georgia State Trooper in Valdosta Cairo native Teresa Edwards remembers 1984 Olympics thirty years later

Texas teen makes Walmart his home

Originally reported by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth Employees of a Corsicana, Texas, Walmart were shocked to find a 14-year-old boy secretly living inside the store for several days. The teen wasn’t just hiding in the store. He built a secret hidden compound and was able to call the 24-hour store home for three days before being discovered. The teen set… Read More »

Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jurors at the nation’s first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America’s food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted products, and that they sent customers lab results from other… 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… Read More »

News from Around Our Area

Peanut growers worry about unintended impact of farm bill BAINBRIDGE, GA. — In the heart of the nation’s peanut zone, farmers are putting substantially more runners into the ground than they did last year. And in the eyes of some industry experts, that boom might spell doom. “Runner peanuts” are used to make peanut butter _ not the bigger… Read More »

Donalsonville News Briefs

Judge Ronnie Joe Lane to hear Supreme Court Case ATLANTA, GA – Superior Court Judge Ronnie Joe Lane of the Pataula Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Keith Blackwell in the appeal of Georgia Department of Community Health et al. v. Northside Hospital, Inc. (S14G0341) and Kennestone Hospital, Inc. v. Northside Hospital, Inc.… Read More »