Category Archives: Government

Sentencing for PCA’s Lightsey and Kilgore set for Thursday

Two former managers of a Georgia peanut plant whose testimony helped prosecutors convict their boss and send him to prison for selling salmonella-tainted food will soon learn their own sentences. Sammy Lightsey and Danny Kilgore both served as operations manager of the Blakely, Georgia, plant linked in 2009 to salmonella that sickened 714 people and was blamed for… Read More »




Drivers urged to be on lookout for deer crossing roadways this fall

New map breaks down county-by-county when drivers should be more vigilant Athens, Ga. — Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit deer that run into the road, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. UGA researchers have completed a county-by-county analysis of when motorists… Read More »

Bainbridge gets $500,000 grant to make street and storm drainage improvements

The City of Bainbridge has received a 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Bainbridge was one of 79 Georgia communities awarded this year. “Strong, vibrant… Read More »




City of Bainbridge agrees to settle probation lawsuit; plantiffs to receive money

The City of Bainbridge has agreed to settle a lawsuit containing allegations related to treatment of probationers in the city’s municipal court. The lawsuit, filed in April 2015 by the Southern Center for Human Rights, which has filed similar lawsuits against for-profit, private probation companies operating across the Southeast United States. The lawsuit filed in Decatur County accused… Read More »

New Bainbridge firefighters training hard

A group of Bainbridge Public Safety hires have begun an 8-week Basic Firefighter Training Class for 12 new recruits. This 345-hour training program is required to earn state certification as a firefighter.  The rigorous training is accompanied by classroom based lecture, and practical skill building sessions. Classes are held daily, and are led by Bainbridge Fire Chief Doyle… Read More »

Around Our Area: Thomas County citizens observe National Thank a Police Officer Day

THOMASVILLE — South Georgia residents eagerly took a moment out of their day on Saturday to thank local law enforcement officers as part of National Thank a Police Officer Day. Jerry Butler of Thomasville had specific law enforcement officers he wanted to thank. “Tops in my book is Lt. Tim Watkins, (Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator),” said… Read More »




Around Our Area: Former Meigs City Council member, city employee charged in case involving utility bills

From the Thomasville Times-Enterprise: A former Meigs City Council member and former Meigs City Hall employee posted bonds Wednesday on charges they defrauded Meigs city government. Odessa Walden Sutton, who resigned from the city council in August, and Rene Boyd Williams, who left the city’s employ in early August, are charged with conspire to defraud state/political subdivision, a… Read More »




Bainbridge City Councilman Luther Conyers to retire after almost 40 years on council

Bainbridge City Councilman Luther Conyers, who was first elected to the council in 1978, has chosen not to run for re-election. 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. A longtime educator,… Read More »

Changes coming for Decatur County boards as some qualify for election, some choose to step aside

The only municipal election in Decatur County scheduled for Nov. 3 is the Bainbridge City Council seat in which long time Councilman Luther Conyers is vacating. At the end of qualifying on Friday, Kregg Close, Frank Grayson Flowers and Olive Wedderburn will be on the ballot to fill the vacancy of Conyers, who has been on the city… Read More »




Decatur County commissioners to hold millage rate hearing and regular meeting on Tuesday morning

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will hold two meetings on the morning of Tuesday, September 7, 2015. The location of both meetings will be the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton St. in Bainbridge. 8:30 AM         PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE 9:00 AM         CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations:… Read More »

Decatur County fire engine is now stationed at West Bainbridge fire station

On Friday morning, representatives from the City of Bainbridge and Decatur County gathered together at Fire Station 2 located on Spring Creek Road in West Bainbridge. This event highlighted cooperation and collaboration between the two local governments as Decatur County Fire and Rescue places a truck into service alongside the one currently in use by Bainbridge Public Safety.… Read More »




Bainbridge mayor discusses taxes, hospital, recreation and more on Jesus and Jammin’ radio show

In related news, Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds wwas a guest on the Jesus and Jammin’ morning show on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Mayor Reynolds talked with J & J co-host Kevin Dowdy about Decatur County commissioners’ proposed millage rate increase, as well as funding of the Memorial Hospital Authority and the new Recreation Authority that will begin operating in… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council to hold public hearing on 2016 budget; Mayor to talk on radio show

The Bainbridge City Council will hold the first public hearing on its Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Broad Street. Among the items in the new budget is a proposed 2 percent cost of living raise for City of Bainbridge employees. You can view a memo… Read More »

Meet the new deputies and detention officers at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office – Part 1

Recently we had a chance to sit down and interview several new Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies and detention officers at the Decatur County Jail, who have gone to work for Sheriff Wiley Griffin in recent months. The following is Part 1 of 2; please come back to sowegalive.com tomorrow to read profiles of four additional officers! You can… Read More »