Category Archives: Breaking News

Bainbridge State College Police searching for potential suspects in theft (ID’d 2/22/17)

Update 2/22/17 6:35 a.m.: According to Bainbridge State College Police, the suspects in the pictures have been identified. Bainbridge State College Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects in these pictures. They are wanted for questioning about a theft that occurred at Bainbridge State College on February 14th. The vehicle is believed to be a silver Pontiac… Read More »




Decatur County Man Convicted in Infant Assault Case

A Decatur County man was convicted this week of aggravated assault on a 6 month old infant after doctors diagnosed the child with symptoms consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The assault occurred in June 2015 (read the original story here) and was tried in the Superior Court of Decatur County under Judge Heather Lanier.  This was the first trial… Read More »

Aggravated Assault in Decatur County; Suspect Turns Herself In to DCSO (Updated 2/16 2:04 p.m.)

Updated 2/16/17 2:04 p.m. According to law enforcement, Tanya McMillan turned herself in to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.  She was accompanied by her attorney. A Decatur County woman is wanted by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a stabbing that occurred late Sunday afternoon. According to Lt. Brian Donalson with the Decatur County… Read More »

NEWS: Grand Jury Indicts Bainbridge Man for 2 Murders, More Bad Weather Possible, BPS Awards and More

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news roundup for Monday, February 13, 2017: BAINBRIDGE, GA (SOWEGALIVE) – Bainbridge and Decatur County arrest reports for Friday, February 10, 2017 BAINBRIDGE, GA (SOWEGALIVE) – According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, southwest Georgia could be in for another bout of bad weather. BAINBRIDGE, GA (POST SEARCHLIGHT) – On Tuesday evening, Bainbridge… Read More »




Possible Tornado Damage in Decatur County Tuesday Night (Photos)

A plantation in southwest Decatur County received significant damage during Tuesday night’s storm.  Due to the extensive nature of the damage, it seems possible that a tornadic event occurred on the farm. On the scene you can see multiple large pine trees on the ground as well as a clear path of damage.  Thankfully, the damage was limited… Read More »

Another Fatal Accident at Hwy 27 N and Bethel Rd (Mon 5:00 pm)

Update 6:40 pm Bps Deputy Director Frank Green: Bainbridge Public Safety offers condolences to the family of Brenda Gail Solis of Bethel Road in Bainbridge. Brenda was killed in an accident on Highway 27 this afternoon. We ask the public to keep the passenger, who was Life Flighted, in their prayers. Her name has not been released and… Read More »

GDOT: List of Impassable State Routes

For Immediate Release: Sunday, January 22, 2017 Contact: Nita Birmingham District Communications 229.326.5435 Southwest Georgia GDOT Responding to Trees, Debris on State Routes TIFTON – Local Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance employees have been responding as needed to felled trees and other debris blocking state routes. Reports began coming into the Transportation Management Center on Saturday night, but… Read More »




City of Bainbridge and Decatur County Agree to Secure Hospital’s Debt

At a called, joint meeting on Thursday night, the Bainbridge City Council, Decatur County Board of Commissioners and Memorial Hospital Authority entered into a memorandum of understanding that should help ease the hospital’s financial burdens. The MOU is an agreement between the three parties that says a 15 year bond (underwritten and secured by the City and County) will… Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Board of Regents Consolidates Bainbridge State College and ABAC

PRESS RELEASE Atlanta — January 11, 2017 Today, the Board of Regents approved Chancellor Steve Wrigley’s recommendation for two consolidations within the University System of Georgia: Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Bainbridge State College. The two new institutions, respectively, will be named Georgia Southern University, to be led by… Read More »




Chancellor Recommends Consolidation of ABAC and Bainbridge State

In a press release Friday, the Chancellor of the Board of Regents for the State of Georgia announced the recommendation to consolidate Bainbridge State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Although an official vote will not take place until next week, leaders are making preparations in the event of a merger. In an email from Bainbridge State College… Read More »

Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Busts Motorcycle Thief

On November 16, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office recovered four stolen motorcycles and identified a suspect in a hit and run accident (*READ THAT STORY HERE*), however the suspect eluded capture until this week.  On Thursday, acting on information from Decatur County Investigators, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the North Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force busted Sean… Read More »

Gas Pipeline Repaired – Expect Lower Prices

After shutting down due to an explosion on Monday night, Colonial Pipeline restarted Line 1 at 5:45 a.m. CST. Subsequent to Sunday’s successful restart, it is expected to take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal. This map of the Colonial system reflects how re-supply will arrive at different markets. Motorists will notice uneven prices in the next… Read More »




Miller County Sheriff Arrested

On Friday, October 28, 2016, Wesley Shane Rathel, the sheriff of Miller County, was arrested by the FBI for selling stolen firearms. According to the complaint filed with the Court, Phillip Weston Jones was arrested by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2016 and charged with aggravated assault, battery and reckless conduct.  As a condition of… Read More »

Money Tree Trial: The Verdicts Are In

After a three week trial, the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Post Confirmation for Small Loans, Inc, on several counts.  This committee represented the debtors of the Money Tree, Inc and alleged that the defendants (listed here) profited from the Money Tree, Inc and its investors, even at the expense of the company’s health.  According… Read More »




Traffic Accident in Front of Bainbridge High School

There was a traffic accident on Highway 84 in front of Bainbridge High School Thursday morning.  According to emergency personnel on scene, there were no serious injuries. It appears as though a black Tahoe was travelling west on Highway 84 in the right hand lane and rear ended a tanker truck at the red light at the entrance to… Read More »

Reckless driver killed after high-speed chase and head-on crash in Donalsonville

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office – Press Release On Friday, September 16th at approximately 7:20pm, Seminole County’s 9-1-1 center received notification from Jackson County Florida that they had received multiple calls of a red or burgundy vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Equinox, driving reckless headed north approaching the state line. The lookout was given to both Sheriff’s Office deputies and… Read More »