Category Archives: Government

DCBOE Announces Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

The Decatur County Board of Education has announced the Kindergarten Registration window for the 2017-2018 school year.  The date is set for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and registration will be held at each of the five elementary schools.  Any child that is not currently enrolled as a PreK Student must be screened before he/she can be enrolled in… Read More »

Tuesday is Election Day in Decatur County

The special called election for the renewal of Decatur County’s ESPLOST is today until 7:00 p.m. The ESPLOST is an existing one penny sales tax that funds capital projects for the Decatur County School Systems such as the construction or remodel of school buildings, technology purchases, school buses and more.   “The EPLOST is very important to Decatur… Read More »




S.W Georgia Farm Devastated From Pipeline Construction

The 515 miles of the Sabal Trail Pipeline have not been without much controversy – from environmentalists, organized protests, social media campaigns, and has even resulted in a few isolated arrests. The pipeline construction nears completion in it’s trek across Southwest Georgia, and the frenetic progress continues farther south into Florida, crossing over the invaluable Floridan Aquifer.  The pipeline affects… Read More »

NEWS: Semi accident in Albany; Tallahassee Mayor to run for Governor & possible private prison in Decatur County

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news roundup for Wednesday, March 1st, 2017: ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Truck driver loses control when avoiding collision FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) – GBI body recovery team to keep searching on Wednesday for missing woman TALLAHASSEE, FL (WCTV) – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announces he will run for Florida Governor TALLAHASSEE, FL (WCTV) –… Read More »

Akins Named City of Bainbridge Employee of the Quarter

PRESS RELEASE Congratulations to City of Bainbridge “Employee of the Quarter” Norris Akins. Akins serves as Parks Crew Supervisor and was nominated for being an instrumental part in the success of “Lights Along the River” held during the month of December. He is a graduate of Bainbridge High School where he played basketball and ran track. Before joining… Read More »




Bainbridge Public Safety: Dollar, Deen, Miller Promoted

PRESS RELEASE Chief Jerry Carter is pleased to announce the promotion of three Bainbridge Public Safety Officers. James Dollar has been promoted to Major (Patrol Division), Ryan Deen has been promoted to Captain, and Toby Miller has been promoted to Sergeant. Major Dollar is a native of Bainbridge and a graduate of Bainbridge High School. He has a… 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 »

NEWS: Advanced Voting Begins Monday

PRESS RELEASE Advance voting begins Monday with extended hours Monday, Oct. 17, is the beginning of advance voting for the General Election on Nov. 8. The Decatur County Board of Elections and Voter Registration extended the hours in order to make them more consistent and to better accommodate the anticipated increase in voter turnout. The hours for advance… Read More »




Georgia DOT Celebrates 100th Birthday

100 YEARS OF THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Celebrating a Century of Safety, Service and Innovation ATLANTA – Today is the 100th birthday of Georgia Department of Transportation. Exactly a century ago—on August 16, 1916— the seeds were planted for what would grow into the Georgia DOT. The rutted dirt roads, not fit for bicycles and automobiles, were… Read More »

Press Release: NOAA Predicting Strong Ending to 2016 Hurricane Season

PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 11, 2016 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ASSOCIATION In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is still expected to be the most… Read More »




Vote Today! Runoff Election is Today

The runoff election between Heather Lanier and Ryan Cleveland for Superior Court Judge will be held today, Tuesday, July 26. All voting precincts in Decatur County will be open until 7:00 p.m. tonight with the Superior Court Judge the only race on the ballot. In the May general election, Ryan Cleveland received 4094 votes, Heather Lanier garnered 4061,… Read More »

Representative Sanford Bishop Announces Photo Contest

In a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, Representative Sanford Bishop’s office announced a photography contest that will see several lucky winners’ work recognized in a big way! The post read: Attention ‪#‎Photographers‬! The GA-02 ‪#‎PhotoContest‬ is back! Submit your favorite high quality‪#‎photos‬ taken in Middle and Southwest ‪#‎Georgia‬ to be posted above as the banner! To submit, please send… Read More »

Georgia DOT announces new contracts in our area, part of U.S. 84 to be resurfaced

ATLANTA (June 10, 2016) | On June 8, 2016, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced it awarded 37 contracts for statewide construction projects totaling over $82.7 million. These projects were advertised for bids in May and awarded on June 3. The projects include resurfacing 13.3 miles of SR 38 in Grady and Thomas counties and 18.3 miles… Read More »




Beware of Fraudulent Check from DNR

ATLANTA, GA (May 10, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was the victim of a fraudulent check scam. While the checks that were sent out did appear very similar to an official Department check, the check numbers did not align with any outstanding checks written by the Department. The citizens who notified DNR about the… Read More »

Rep. Graves Votes to Protect Private Email Accounts from Warrantless Searches

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), bipartisan legislation that updates privacy protections for emails maintained by third-party service providers, such as Google and Yahoo. Email privacy laws were last updated in 1986. “The last time Congress updated email privacy laws, I was a junior… Read More »




Robert Ingram is City of Bainbridge Employee of the Quarter

At last night’s Bainbridge City Council meeting, Robert Ingram was honored as the Employee of the Quarter.  According to his nomination, Robert works at the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant and went above and beyond the call of duty during recent flooding (which severely damaged sewer lines). Pictured Robert Ingram and Mayor Edward Reynolds Mayor Reynolds congratulates Robert… Read More »

Bainbridge Code Enforcement Officers Now Patrolling Entire County

On Monday, March 14, City of Bainbridge Code Enforcement officers were sworn in by Sheriff Wiley Griffin to provide jurisdictional powers throughout Decatur County.  Previously, the Bainbridge Code Enforcement officers’ jurisdiction was limited to the city limits of Bainbridge.  However, with the recent Bainbridge/Decatur County Code Enforcement merger, that radius has grown. Picture below are Chief Marshall Keith… Read More »