Category Archives: Government

Have an extra hundred dollars? You’ll need it when the tax bill arrives

View image | gettyimages.com Decatur County officials plan to publish several documents related to the upcoming millage rate increase, that is a result of the Service Delivery agreement between county commissioners and the Bainbridge City Council. The first is a “Notice of Property Tax Increase,” which will list how the millage rate levied by Decatur County has changed… Read More »

Decatur County millage increase will total 4.13 mills; hearings to be held in September

At their Tuesday meeting, Decatur County commissioners approved their 2015-2016 budget and officially announced how much the millage rate will increase for county taxpayers. Former interim county administrator Perry Henry said that overall county spending has not increased much in the last year, and explained that the millage rate increase, which will affect property taxes, was mostly due… Read More »




U.S. Congressman Bishop talks Lake Seminole, current events in radio interview with Flint Media

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop visited Southwest Georgia Tuesday, August 18 as part of his District Work Session while Congress is in recess for the summer. Bishop hosted a town hall meeting at the Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville, Ga., on Tuesday night. The topic of the town hall meeting was the issue of hydrilla, an invasive water weed,… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council to review local bid preference policy; also will vote on agreement for inmate labor

The Bainbridge City Council will meet Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers at Bainbridge City Hall, 101 S. Broad Street, with the following agenda: Consideration of intergovernmental contract with the Decatur County Prison for inmate labor Consideration of resolution to reauthorize local bidder preference ordinance Consideration of alcoholic beverage license-Lonnie Watson, doing business as Watson’s One… Read More »




Camilla native: ‘Tackling Rural Child Poverty In Southwest Georgia’

By Krysta Harden, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary In late July, I was thrilled to visit with leaders from across southwest Georgia, including my hometown of Camilla, to discuss how USDA can support their work on the ground tackling issues relating to rural child poverty. In Georgia, the poverty rate is 19 percent, and for children, it’s… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to vote on significant tax increase

Decatur County commissioners will hold their 2nd public hearing on the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget at their meeting on Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Decatur County Administration Building located at 203 W. Broughton Street in Bainbridge. While county commissioners will hold seperate hearings on the proposed millage rate increase, the vote on the annual budget… Read More »

Congressman Bishop to hold public meeting on Lake Seminole hydrilla problem

DONALSONVILLE, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced an upcoming hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting in Donalsonville, GA. Congressman Bishop has invited and will be accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. The purpose of the meeting is to get feedback from the public on the issue.… Read More »




Millage rate to increase for Decatur County property owners

Decatur County commissioners will likely have to increase the millage rate set by the county government when they adopt their 2015-2016 budget on Tuesday. Decatur County commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:30 a.m., just prior to their regular meeting at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building. Note:… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to hold public hearing and vote on 2015-2016 budget

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will hold two meetings on the morning of Tuesday, August 11 at the Decatur County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street. **NOTE: There will be a meet & greet reception in the conference room of the County Administration Building after the Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 to welcome Alan back as… Read More »

Comprehensive plan could shape what Bainbridge looks like in 2030

On Tuesday evening, August 4, the final public hearing regarding the City of Bainbridge Comprehensive Plan was held during the meeting of the City Council. A series of public workshops were held in June and July, led by Mr. Steve O’Neil, a planner with the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission. Input came from City staff, Steering Committee members, and… Read More »




City of Bainbridge employees may get cost-of-living raises

City of Bainbridge employees may get a two-percent cost-of-living raise next year as part of the city’s 2015-2016 budget, City Manager Chris Hobby told the Bainbridge City Council Tuesday night. Hobby said it has been three years since the city’s employees were given raises. During the same time, national inflation has increased by about 1.8 percent. Therefore, Hobby… Read More »

Decatur County to hold budget hearing; budget available for citizens to review

Citizens of Decatur County are hereby advised that a copy of the proposed 2015-2016 Decatur County Budget is available for inspection at the Decatur County Administration Building, 203 West Broughton Street, Bainbridge, Ga. You can download the budget in PDF format (25 MB) from sowegalive. A Public Hearing on the proposed Decatur County 2015-2016 Budget is scheduled for… Read More »

Alan Thomas appointed new Decatur County administrator

Decatur County commissioners unanimously voted to hire Alan Thomas as the new county administrator at their Tuesday night meeting. Thomas is returning for his second stint as county administrator, having previously served in the role from 1989 to 2005. County commissioners also approved Thomas’ contract, which will pay him a $115,000 annual salary and allot him up to… Read More »




Decatur County commissioners to meet Tuesday evening

Decatur County commissioners will meet Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton St., Bainbridge, with the following agenda: 7:00 PM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: Public Participation Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting held July 14, 2015 Approve Minutes of Special Called Meeting held… Read More »

New Bainbridge police chief brings years of experience, community focus

Click play to hear a 5-minute long edited excerpt from an interview Brennan Leathers conducted with new Bainbridge Public Safety Director Jerry Carter on Tuesday, July 21. Jerry Carter, the new director of Bainbridge Public Safety, is a familiar face to many in the community, having worked as a Bainbridge policeman since 1977. Carter started out as a… Read More »

Congressman Bishop encourages veterans to apply for Wounded Warriors job position

ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced his office is seeking a Wounded Warrior Fellow to serve as a Veterans’ Advocate and Outreach Coordinator in his Albany, Georgia Congressional Office. Primary responsibilities of the position will include facilitating and coordinating responses to a wide range of requests received from military, veterans, and other stakeholders in… Read More »




Decatur county commissioners suspend warden; also working on budget

Decatur County Prison Warden Elijah McCoy has been suspended, with pay, Decatur County Commission Chairman Dennis Brinson confirmed Wednesday. Brinson said McCoy’s suspension from work was related to an “internal investigation” but said he could not elaborate further. Commissioners made the decision to suspend Warden McCoy during a closed session at the end of their regular meeting on Tuesday morning,… Read More »

Jerry Carter named permanent Bainbridge Public Safety director

The City of Bainbridge announced this morning that Interim Public Safety Director Jerry Carter has been retained as the City’s new permanent Public Safety Director. According to City Manager Chris Hobby, “Jerry has done a tremendous job as the City’s interim Director, more than meeting the expectations that were established when he was appointed on March 19.  As… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety announces hiring of new new officer recruits

Bainbridge Public Safety is pleased to announce the recent hiring of five Probationary Public Safety Officers. All will be attending the Fire Academy on August 31, followed by the Police Academy. Upon graduation from both academies, the men will be installed as new officers serving dual roles as Firefighters and Police Officers with Bainbridge Public Safety. Leroy Akins is… Read More »