Category Archives: Breaking News

UPDATE: Decatur County Schools Closed Tomorrow (February 24)

  UPDATE TUESDAY 6:19 P.M. Per Superintendent, Dr Fred Rayfield, all Decatur County Schools WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY TOMORROW.  This applies to all students, faculty and staff. Sowegalive.com will post any changes to the school schedule should they occur. The weather conditions are in place for a stormy night Tuesday.  Other Decatur County schools that will be closed… Read More »

Breaking News: Pelham City Schools to delay start of school day ahead of storms

The start of the school day on Wednesday, February 24th, for Pelham City Schools will be delayed until 10am according to Pelham City Schools Superintendent Floyd Fort. The National Weather Service is calling for severe thunderstorms & wind gusts up to 60 mph overnight Tuesday and into the morning hours of Wednesday. Pelham City Schools include Pelham Elementary… Read More »




Details from Monday’s Log Truck Accident

Sowegalive.com has learned the details of an accident involving a logging truck on Highway 253 North in Decatur County Monday afternoon. According to Georgia State Patrol TFC Snider: A loaded tractor trailer was traveling south on Highway 253 in Decatur county when the vehicle failed to maintain its lane and crossed into the northbound lane of 253. The truck… Read More »

Dogs Stolen from Shelter (UPDATE: They’ve Been Returned!)

UPDATE (Tuesday 9:30 a.m.) The Bainbridge – Decatur County Humane Society has announced on their facebook page that the stolen dogs were returned to the shelter.   Two dogs were stolen from the Decatur County Humane Society over the weekend and they’re asking for the public’s help in solving the crime.  From the Humane Society’s Facebook Page: “On… Read More »




Harrell Announces Run For Tax Commissioner

Mark Harrell, a lifelong resident of Decatur County, has announced his plans to run for Tax Commissioner in the upcoming election. Harrell has an extensive business background including banking, real estate, and varied business interests and experience. When asked about running for Tax Commissioner, Mark provided the following statement: My name is Mark Harrell, and I’m committed to making your voice… Read More »

Brock To Run For District 2 Office

Steve Brock, A long-time resident of the Vada Community, has announced his intention to run for the Decatur County District 2 Commission Seat. Steve Brock is the son of Donald and Evelyn Brock, also residents of the Vada community. Steve Graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1978 and attended Bainbridge College before pursuing his career in agriculture. Steve Brock is… Read More »




Multiple Car Accident on Highway 84

There was a five car accident in the eastbound lanes of Highway 84 this morning.  Decatur County 911 received a call reporting the incident at 7:41 a.m.  According to preliminary reports, there was an initial accident involving three vehicles, followed by a second accident involving two additional vehicles. According to Julie Harris, Community Affairs Director for the City of… Read More »

Flash Flood Warning Issued By National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for most of the region for today and  this evening.  While 2-4 inches of rain will be common across the area by Thursday afternoon,  some locally heavier amounts are likely, especially across South Georgia  and the Florida Big Bend. These heavier amounts could cause flash  flooding, especially in urban… Read More »




Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports: Thursday, January 28 2016

The following arrests and citations were reported by Bainbridge Public Safety. The addresses listed below are given to us directly by BPS. Julie Marie Williams, 28, Georgia, DUI (3rd Offense), Driving in Violation of Conditions of Limited Permit, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked; H Dean, BPS; Christopher Marquey Smith, 44, Bainbridge, GA, Simple Battery (Family Violence), Kidnapping… Read More »

Bainbridge and Decatur County Arrest Reports: January 25, 2016

The following arrests and citations were reported by Bainbridge Public Safety and the Decatur County Jail. The addresses listed below are given to us directly by BPS and the Decatur County Jail. Richard Lawade Davis, 33, 112 Chestnut Road, Camilla, Probation violation (Original charge: Possession of Methamphetamine: Poss of Drug related object); J Williams, SO; Michael Lynn Dixon,… Read More »

FSU has offered Dameon Pierce a scholarship

24/7 Sports is reporting that Bainbridge High School sophomore sensation Dameon Pierce has received a scholarship offer to play football at Florida State University. According to reports, FSU is the second Division 1 school to offer Pierce.   Pierce on his recent visit to FSU – photo courtesy of 24/7 Sports. Pierce set Bainbridge High School season records… Read More »




Two suspects charged in Thursday night shooting that left man paralyzed (UPDATED 2 PM Friday)

Update, 2:20 P.M. Friday: Bainbridge Public Safety has taken both suspects in Thursday night’s shooting into custody. Rayvon Dejon Moten, 24, 114 Margaret Gaines Road, Bainbridge, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to Bainbridge Public Safety. The second suspect, 30-year-old Ray Lee Jones Jr., of Bainbridge, was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Friday. Both Rayvon Moten and Ray… Read More »

Man on trial for murder in Decatur County courtroom

A Decatur County man is on trial in Decatur County Superior Court this week, facing multiple charges in connection with the shooting death of Robert Roscoe Cannon near the community of Fowlstown in August 2014. Joshua Anthony Lee is accused of fatally shooting Cannon, allegedly for having relations with Lee’s wife, Kimberly Nicole Walker Lee. When Lee went… Read More »




Three people charged with robbing Bainbridge convenience store

Two men and one woman, all from Florida, have been charged in connection with an armed robbery at the A & A convenience store in Bainbridge, GA, on Oct. 15, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. (Related Article: Shots fired during robbery in Decatur County Thursday night) The three people charged are as follows: Ray Charles Simmons,… Read More »

VIDEO: Donalsonville peanut warehouse fire (long version with commentary)

Here is the longer edit of video Brennan Leathers took at the peanut warehouse fire in downtown Donalsonville, Ga., on Thursday, Oct. 15. It’s about 10 minutes long and has commentary about different things that happened while firefighters were working to control the blaze. You can also watch an alternate 49-second version below. You can click the “Expand… Read More »

Breaking: Firefighters from multiple counties fighting blaze at peanut warehouse in Donalsonville

SEE VIDEO BELOW Firefighters from multiple departments in Decatur and Seminole counties are fighting a large blaze that broke out in a Donalsonville, Ga., peanut warehouse shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. The warehouse, on West 1st Street in downtown Donalsonville, is owned by Cloverleaf Cotton Gin. However, the warehouse is reportedly being leased by Sessions… Read More »