Category Archives: Government

Around Our Area: Racial wounds reopened in Grady County after vote on Confederate flag

Racial wounds reopened after Grady County commissioners vote to keep Confederate flag CAIRO — Scabs of racial wounds were ripped off during Friday’s special called meeting of the Grady County Commission to discuss the Confederate flag’s place at the Veteran’s Square surrounding the Grady County Courthouse. After an unruly two hours of emotional statements by commissioners and residents,… Read More »

Alan Thomas to return as Decatur County administrator?

Decatur County Commissioners held a special called meeting on Friday evening, and when it was over, they announced that no suitable candidates for county administrator had been found out of the four people they had interviewed for the job. Instead, county commissioners may have a familiar face in mind to become the next permanent county administrator. “We are… Read More »

Dawson’s Judge Bishop appointed to serve on Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Pataula Chief Superior Court Judge Joe C. Bishop to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV conducts quarterly meetings inAtlanta. Judge Bishop will serve… Read More »

Oak tree falls and crushes building

A large oak tree crushed a former laundromat on Scott Street in Bainbridge during a recent storm. The old Econo-Wash at 210 N. Scott Street is essentially a total loss after the old oak tree fell over, caving in the business’ roof and knocking the glass out of the building’s windows and doors. Roy Oliver, Bainbridge’s assistant city… Read More »

Commissioners narrow down candidates for Decatur County administrator

Decatur County commissioners have narrowed down their search for a new county administrator to four remaining candidates, they announced Tuesday afternoon. Pete Stephens, vice-chairman of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, said the search committee–himself and fellow commissioners Dennis Brinson and Russell Smith–met after lunch on Tuesday to discuss narrowing down the pool of five they had previously… Read More »

Bainbridge welcomes new Public Safety officer and honors two other officers with Employee of the Quarter designations

The Bainbridge City Council recently welcomed a new Bainbridge Public Safety officer and congratulated two veteran BPS officers on their hard work. Mayor Pro Tempore Don Whaley swore in Jessica Richardson as a new Bainbridge Public Safety officer. Richardson had previously certified as a firefighter and recently completed Georgia police academy. She also recently earned certification as a… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to meet Tuesday; will discuss county administrator search

Regular Meeting of The Decatur County Board of Commissioners May 26, 2015 Agenda 7:00 PM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: None to be Presented Public Participation (1) Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting held May 12, 2015 OLD BUSINESS: (2) Drainage Ditch Behind Kelly Store (3) Update on County Administrator Position… Read More »

Decatur County Commissioners doing background checks on administrator candidates

Decatur County commissioners are making progress in their search for the next county administrator. The search started out with 21 people who applied, and a search committee has narrowed the list of candidates down to five: four men and one woman. The search committee is comprised of Dennis Brinson, chairman of the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, and… Read More »

It costs $33 per day to house a prison inmate; Decatur County officials seek cost savings

Thirty three dollars per day — that’s how much it costs for Decatur County to house one inmate at the Decatur County Prison on Airport Road, according to Warden Elijah McCoy. McCoy said that $33 per day, per inmate includes costs such as food ($3.66 per day), clothing, personal hygiene items and linens (bed sheets and towels). According… Read More »

Decatur County Prison to ship off up to 100 inmates; 10 guards to be laid off

Decatur County Prison Warden Elijah McCoy plans to return approximately 90-100 inmates his facility is housing for the State of Georgia by June 1, he told county commissioners on Tuesday. Warden McCoy said the prison loses money housing state inmates and will return most of the ones in custody at the Decatur County Jail as a cost-savings measure.… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners one step closer to next county administrator

Decatur County commissioners have narrowed down a list of people who could be appointed the next county administrator, Board of Commissioners chairman Dennis Brinson said Monday. 21 people submitted applications for the county administrator job before the application period closed on April 30. Commissioner Brinson said commissioners have narrowed down the applicant pool to five candidates. “I’ve asked my… Read More »

Pelham City Jail to close doors; Bainbridge inmates headed back to Decatur County

The Pelham City Council voted unanimously to close the Mize Street Detention Center. The jail, officially known as the Mize Street Detention Center, was used primarily to house inmates from various municipalities in Georgia. In recent years, the Pelham jail held as many as 200 out-of town inmates for a charge of $35 per day. That brought in… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council to meet Tuesday

The Bainbridge City Council will meet Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 101 S. Broad Street, with the following agenda: INVOCATION and PLEDGE TO THE FLAG II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF REGULAR SESSION – April 21, 2015 III. RECOGNIZE VISITORS AND DELEGATIONS IV. FINANCIAL INFORMATION Related Stories: Bainbridge testing fire hydrants – what water customers… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety officers complete medical first responder training

Bainbridge Public Safety is always looking for opportunities for officers to train and stay current on the latest advancements in life-saving skills. Bainbridge Public Safety is unique in that officers are dual trained in both firefighting and police work. Often a patrol car will reach the scene of an accident or fire first, sometimes minutes before engines or… Read More »

Bainbridge testing fire hydrants – what water customers need to know

Bainbridge Public Safety, in conjunction with the Bainbridge Water Department, will be conducting Fire Hydrant Flushing and Testing beginning Monday, May 11, 2015. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity to insure the integrity of the water system and deliver the highest quality water to our customers. As a result of hydrant… Read More »