Category Archives: Government

Sheriff’s deputies help keep peace by serving arrest warrants, keeping track of sex offenders

There are a number of official duties for Georgia Sheriffs that are explicitly mentioned in the state’s Constitution. Among the most commonly performed, and most important duties, include serving court papers and executing arrest warrants issued by courts or local law enforcement. Most of the time, individuals are arrested immediately after an officer has cause to accuse them of… Read More »

Long-time Bainbridge teacher honored with Arbor Day tree outside her school

Article and photos by Carol Heard Decatur County Government Veteran Decatur County educator Janet Mitchell was honored Friday with a dogwood tree being planted at Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Bainbridge, which also marked the county’s annual Arbor Day observation. Decatur County Keep America Beautiful and the Decatur County Board of Education chose to honor Mitchell with the tree… Read More »

Gov. Deal appoints Bainbridge City Manager, other Southwest Georgians to serve on state boards

Georgia  Governor Nathan Deal made 22 appointments to state boards on Feb. 6. Those 22 persons, including three from Southwest Georgia, were formally sworn into their board positions during ceremonies held in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.   Chris Hobby, State Workforce Investment Board Hobby serves as the city manager of Bainbridge. He previously served as assistant city… Read More »

Bainbridge signs off on transfer of train to Kentucky town; will receive $5,000 and other considerations

Mayor Edward Reynolds and the Bainbridge City Council gave their approval to an agreement that will formally transfer ownership of Bainbridge’s historic train engine to the town of Corbin, Kentucky, where the locomotive will be used in a train museum. At the council’s previous meeting, City Councilman Luther Conyers said that if Bainbridge was willing to let the… Read More »

Proposed law would hurt Georgia school systems’ revenue

Bainbridge City Council members and Decatur County Commissioners have both expressed concerns about a proposed Georgia law aimed at revamping how the state government gets money to fund transportation projects across the state. The proposed law is Georgia House Bill 170, called the “Transportation Funding Act of 2015.” Georgia House leaders have stated the purpose of the bill… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council tentatively approves transfer of historic train engine to Kentucky town

The Bainbridge City Council has voted 5-1, with Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer dissenting, to allow historic steam train Engine 2132 to be moved from Bainbridge’s Earle May Boat Basin to a railroad museum in Corbin, KY. The City Council’s action instructs the city manager to negotiate Corbin’s “best offer” for compensating Bainbridge for moving the historic train engine. City… Read More »

Bainbridge maintains good ISO rating for fire protection

The City of Bainbridge and Bainbridge Public Safety are pleased to report the outcome of the recent Public Protection Classification survey by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO completed an analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in Bainbridge, and Bainbridge Public Safety Chief Eric Miller is pleased to report a Public Protection Classification… Read More »

Decatur County lifts ban on City of Bainbridge using county landfill

Decatur County commissioners made a peace offering of sorts to City of Bainbridge officials on Tuesday night when they unanimously voted to lift the ban on Bainbridge municipal garbage going to the Decatur County Landfill. Back in April 2014, when the City of Bainbridge decided to start sending its garbage to a landfill in Campbellton, Fla., instead of… Read More »

Bainbridge City Council hears Kentucky town’s request for historic steam engine; no immediate action taken

A tourism official from Corbin, Kentucky, the town that wants the old train engine in Bainbridge’s Boat Basin for a railroad museum, appeared before the Bainbridge City Council at its Tuesday meeting. Ultimately, City Councilman Joe Sweet moved to table the issue until further discussion could be had among the council members. Citing some council members’ concern that… Read More »

Bainbridge’s locomotive and caboose – pictures and video may surprise you

I visited the train engine and caboose in Bainbridge’s Earle May Boat Basin on Monday afternoon. I wanted to see what the condition of the train was myself. You can see what I found in the pictures and video below. First, I don’t recommend anyone attempt to climb up in the steam engine. It has a very narrow… Read More »

Jay Powell, Gerald Greene named to leadership roles on Georgia House committees

The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Jay Powell, a Republican from Camilla, as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Powell will also serve as a member on the Governmental Affairs, MARTOC, Rules, and Judiciary committees. The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), is charged… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to change how chairman and vice-chairman are chosen

Three new members joined the Decatur County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday morning: George Anderson, Pete Stephens and Rusty Davis. At their first meeting of 2015, Decatur County commissioners took the first steps toward changing how their leadership is decided upon. This is important because whoever serves as chairman is expected to preside over board meetings and represent… Read More »

Bruce Kirbo Jr. appointed new Decatur County attorney

Decatur County commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Bainbridge attorney Bruce Kirbo Jr. to the position of Decatur County Attorney at their Tuesday meeting. The meeting began at 9 a.m. and after re-appointing Beverly King as county clerk, commissioners took the unusual move to go into closed executive session at 9:04 a.m. Normally, commissioners hold executive sessions after all… Read More »

BPS Director: Officer-worn body cameras will benefit agency, public

Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller said officer-worn body cameras have been considered locally for “some time,” but because of the economic downturn, it hasn’t been practical to purchase them: each camera costs $900 and there are currently 36 officers at Bainbridge Public Safety. A vendor, RiskJockey, agreed to provide free body cameras to law enforcement officers in… Read More »

New Decatur County elected officials sworn in to office

Several Decatur County officials elected in 2014 were sworn into office in December at the County Courthouse.   Each elected official took their oath of office, which was administered by Probate Court Judge E.J. “Chip” Perry.   Those who were sworn in to office included: Board of Education member Jacky Grubbs (District 6) Board of Education member Keith… Read More »

Decatur County asks for jury trial in response to City of Bainbridge’s petition for mediation

Decatur County commissioners have requested a jury trial in response to the City of Bainbridge’s petition that a judge appoint a mediator to resolve service delivery issues. The City of Bainbridge filed its petition on November 14, and Decatur County Commissioners filed their response on December 18. The service delivery agreements essentially spell out how core local government… Read More »