Category Archives: Government

POLITICS: Qualified Candidates in Decatur County (Updated Wednesday afternoon)

As of Wednesday afternoon, here is the list of candidates that have qualified for local office in Decatur County: Non-partisan BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 1 BOUIE, KELVIN KEITH 663 E GRIFFIN AVE DECATUR ATTAPULGUS GA 39815-2423 PROBATE JUDGE PERRY, EDWIN JONATHAN 1407 LAKEWOOD DR DECATUR BAINBRIDGE GA 39819-5198 STATE COURT JUDGE KENDRICK, DAVID A 508 E SHOTWELL ST… Read More »

Paying Your Fair Share of Property Taxes?

The average American household spends $2,127 on real-estate property taxes each year, and residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes shell out another $412. Considering these figures and the debt-fueled environment to which we have grown so accustomed, it should come as no surprise that roughly $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according… Read More »

NEWS: Shooting in Albany, Lottery Winner, Candidates for Local Offices

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news for Wednesday, March 2, 2016: ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Shooting in Albany ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One man, two lottery tickets, $500,000 CAMILLA, GA (ALBANY HERALD) – Petition for a city council recall in Camilla BAINBRIDGE, GA (THOMASVILLE TIMES) – Bankston runs for Georgia Circuit Seat  MEIGS, GA (THOMASVILLE TIMES) – Meigs… Read More »

Doug Griffin Running for Decatur County Commission Seat

James Douglas Griffin of Climax, has announced his intention to run for the District 2 Seat of the Decatur County Commission. PRESS RELEASE Doug Griffin Announces Candidacy for Decatur County 2nd District Commissioner I am announcing my candidacy for the 2nd District County Commissioner seat here in Decatur County, Georgia.  I’m asking for Decatur County residents and the… Read More »

SW Georgia Road Resurfacing and Bridge Replacement Projects Awarded

TIFTON, GA – A smoother ride on portions of four state routes and construction of a new bridge to replace one built in 1958 are coming to southwest Georgia. Earlier this week the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced the award of 24 contracts for statewide projects totaling $89.7 million. The projects were advertised for bids in January… Read More »

BPS Capt. David Cutchin honored, Council members sworn in

It was a ceremonial night at the Tuesday, January 19 2016 meeting of the Bainbridge City Council.  Judge George Floyd performed the swearing in of one new council member, Mr. Kregg Close and two incumbent council members, Mrs. Roslyn Palmer and Mr. Don Whaley.   Mr. Close was elected to fill the term of councilman Luther Conyers, who… Read More »

Luther Conyers serves on Bainbridge City Council for one last meeting

At Tuesday night’s Bainbridge, City Council meeting, City Councilman Luther Conyers, Jr. was recognized for serving the City of Bainbridge for nearly 38 years. Conyers, now 86, said he had decided it was time to step aside and let others have a chance to serve, although he said he would still take an active interest in local government.… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to meet

Decatur County commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. at the Decatur County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street, with the following agenda: 9:00 AM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: Public Participation Approve Minutes of Commissioners Regular Meeting held November 24, 2015 OLD BUSINESS: No Old Business to… Read More »

Personal info of Georgia voters accidentally released; Secretary of State thinks identity info remains safe

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says registered voters in Georgia should stay vigilant for signs of fraud and identity theft after his office released personal information for more than 6 million people. Kemp says the Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver’s license numbers were inadvertently included in a voter file sent to political parties and media.… Read More »

Bainbridge’s Luther Conyers talks about 37 years of service as educator, leader (VIDEO)

Bainbridge citizens gathered together at the fountain plaza behind City Hall on Tuesday night for the unveiling of a plaque renaming the plaza in honor of Luther H. Conyers. Conyers, a longtime educator, has served on the Bainbridge City Council since January 1978, and recently made the decision to retire. His retirement marks 37 years on the City… Read More »

Decatur County may join regional drug task force

At next Tuesday’s county commissioners’ meeting, Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin will propose joining the Pataula Drug Task Force, which includes several Southwest Georgia counties in its membership. Although Sheriff Griffin will make a detailed proposal at county commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Decatur County Administration Building, he shared an outline of what his request… Read More »

Decatur County 4-H to benefit from purchase of like-new van from local dealer

The Decatur County 4-H program, in which local youth participate in hands-on agriculture and livestock education, will benefit from county commissioners’ purchase of a like new van from a local dealership, county officials said. For the past 2 years, 4-H director Lindsey Bell Hayes and other staffers had been transporting 4-H youth to various competitions and conferences using… 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 »

City of Bainbridge declares ‘Attack on Potholes!’ due to good weather

News Release The weather is perfect for paving so the City of Bainbridge Public Works Department has launched the “Attack on Potholes!” On Tuesday, paving was taking place on Gordon Avenue beside Memorial Hospital and extends from Shotwell to College. On Wednesday, paving will take place on Wheat from Shotwell to College, and on Thursday, paving will take place… Read More »

Bainbridge’s Jerry Carter attends training for law enforcement directors

Bainbridge Public Safety Director Jerry Carter attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth, GA., from September 21st through September 30th. The 60-hour course, administered and provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), is required… Read More »