Category Archives: Government

Bainbridge Mayor: county commissioners not making effort to cooperate

At Tuesday’s Bainbridge City Council meeting, Mayor Edward Reynolds read aloud a statement responding to Monday’s open records request by Decatur County Attorney Brown Moseley. In the statement, Reynolds expressed disappointment that in his view, Decatur County officials “choose to dodge and weave instead of talking about city residents paying county taxes for services they aren’t receiving.” Mayor… Read More »

Latest letter from Decatur County to City of Bainbridge appears to target Hobby

Note: Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds is expected to make a statement on the issues brought up below at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 21. We will update this story after the meeting. On Monday, Oct. 20, Decatur County Attorney Brown Moseley sent a new Georgia open records request to City of Bainbridge officials. The request, addressed… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners mull whether to pay legal expenses for another employee

Just a couple of months after adopting it, Decatur County commisisoners’ policy detailing under which situations they would pay for county employees’ legal expenses is already being tested. In August, Decatur County commisisoners adopted that policy after voting to pay for the legal expenses of three out of four Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies who were indicted on federal charges… Read More »

Are billboard signs coming to the Bainbridge bypass?

At least one billboard sign may go up along the U.S. 27/84 bypass in Bainbridge, however, City of Bainbridge officials are planning to prevent any others from going up. A Thomasville sign company had applied to place a billboard sign on a property off West College Street, adjacent to the Bainbridge bypass. The application was administratively denied, based… Read More »

Decatur County to City of Bainbridge: we won’t leave you hanging

From an outsider’s view, it may appear that Decatur County commissioners and City of Bainbridge leaders are having another “failure to communicate,” although officials on both sides say they want to work with each other. You may remember in late August, when Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds and Decatur County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Loeffler traded letters and eventually… Read More »

Dirt road near Georgia-Florida line in Decatur County to finally be paved

Neighbors on Simmons-McIntyre Road, a remote dirt road in Decatur County, were happy to learn this week that their road will be paved as part of a $500,000 grant Decatur County commissioners recently received from the State of Georgia. If you’ve ever driven from Bainbridge to Tallahassee, Simmons-McIntyre is the last road on the right as you travel… Read More »

Pelham woman appointed by Governor Deal to state independent living board

Marian S. McCormick of Pelham, GA was recently appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the Statewide Independent Living Council. McCormick is the principal chief of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe. She is the counselor for the tribe’s program Muskogee Vocational Rehabilitation. McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology at Oval Bible College. She and her husband, Nealie, have two… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners to highlight improvements to county-maintained roads

Decatur County commissioners are inviting citizens and local community leaders to help them celebrate some recent and planned improvements to county-maintained roads. Tuesday, Sept 23 @ 9 AM: Simmons McIntyre Road CDBG “photo op”. Ceremony with “giant check” at church parking lot next to intersection, North side of Simmons-McIntyre Road near the Florida-Georgia state line on U.S. 27… Read More »

New Georgia Driver’s Services office opens in Bainbridge

The new Georgia Department of Driver’s Services office is now open on Dothan Road in Bainbridge, in what was formerly the Southwest Georgia Welcome Center. The welcome center was built in 2002 but had been vacant recently due to state budget cuts. City of Bainbridge officials talked with state legislators about what could be done and it was… Read More »

Public invited to tour new Driver Services office, Decatur EMS headquarters on Thursday morning

Citizens are invited to attend two ribbon cuttings being held at newly occupied or renovated government office buildings on Thursday, September 11. The Georgia Department of Driver Services office in Bainbridge, located at the intersection of Dothan Road and Airport Road, will hold a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Decatur County’s new privatized ambulance service, now known… Read More »

Officials: Historic Decatur County Courthouse could use some fixing up

Decatur County Commissioners were in agreement Tuesday that repairs need to be made to the Decatur County Courthouse, which has suffered wear and tear and water damage since a major renovation was done in 1999. Built in 1902, the main part of the courthouse, facing Water Street, is more than 110 years old and is actually the county’s… Read More »

Privatized EMS service to begin operation Sept. 1

Decatur County’s privatized ambulance service will begin operation under the management of Grady EMS on Monday, Sept. 1, and officials involved with the transition say everything is in place for a smooth transition. The new ambulance service, which will be operated by Grady EMS of Atlanta on a five-year contract, will be known as Decatur EMS (omitting the… Read More »

Decatur County commissioners drop out of joint meetings with Bainbridge City Council

After holding just two joint meetings with the Bainbridge City Council, Decatur County Commissioners have dropped out in response to city officials accusing the county government of “double taxation” of Bainbridge citizens. In a letter to Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds, County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Loeffler wrote, “Because of the consistent issues brought against Decatur County by… Read More »

Decatur County Commissioners to meet next Tuesday

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, August 12 at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 203 W. Broughton Street in Bainbridge, with the following agenda: 9:00 AM CALL TO ORDER Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Agenda Special Presentations: Extension Office Reports Doug Young – Airport Public Participation Approve Minutes of Commissioners Meeting… Read More »