Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Thomas County deputy resigns after being suspended over social media post




THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –

Thomas County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Shierling resigned after he was suspended without pay, pending an investigation into a comment he posted on Facebook.

According to Steve Jones from the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, Shierling officially resigned his position after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of Shierling’s post Tuesday night and made the decision to suspend Shierling Wednesday morning.

The post involved a comment he made regarding a fight at a fast food restaurant in Thomasville.

Shierling has been employed with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office for 18 months.

Here’s what the post said:

Lolz, these are the same people that want 15 an hr, the same people screaming “black lives matter” it’s very clear they matter to you! I would’ve loved to have rolled up on this. If you aim right you could’ve gotten both of them on the same cartridge, let them ride it together!

(WALB)

Thomasville High School plans to open new gym in time to host Christmas basketball tournament

Workers are putting the final touches on a brand new gymnasium at Thomasville High School.

The $4,000,000 gym is 30,000 sq ft. and seats about 1,100 people. Amenities include instructional film rooms for coaches, a brand new scorer’s table, locker rooms, and of course the basketball court. This is the first gym the city school system has ever built.

The plan is to play the annual three-day Holiday Hoopfest tournament in the new digs, located between Thomasville High School and the baseball field. The tournament starts Dec. 28 and runs through Dec. 28. Construction is on schedule to meet that date, Principal Todd Mobley said.

Read More at the Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Assistant Attorney General gives cautious advice for Meigs town leaders

MEIGS — The state’s assistant attorney general made the long drive from Atlanta to tell concerned citizens the only real solutions to Meigs’ governmental problems is in their hands.

Despite multiple alleged Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act violations, the attorney general’s office is reluctant to take tough punitive action.

“I could sue the pants off Meigs,” Georgia Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Colangeo told a crowded room of residents and Thomas County representatives at Meigs City Hall Tuesday night, “but it would come out of your pocket.”

“A lawsuit can’t make (those on the Meigs City Council) better people,” Colangelo said.” A lawsuit can’t force the city council to do what they need to do.”
Read More at the Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Other Southwest Georgia News Stories:
Sole suspect indicted in Dawson mayor shooting
Funeral held for Blakely 6-year-old killed in ATV accident
Albany IT chief leaving city to work on SGRITA program to bring Internet to rural SW Georgia




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