Category Archives: Breaking News

Decatur County Kindergarten Registration Approaching

PRESS RELEASE “Kindergarten Registration/Screening will be held on May 2nd at each of the five elementary schools.  A child must be five (5) years old ON or BEFORE September 1, 2017, in order to be eligible for public kindergarten. A parent/guardian MUST complete a Kindergarten Registration packet in order to enroll the child at the school for which… Read More »




BREAKING: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Shotwell Street

  (10:20am) Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian on Shotwell Street in front of CVS. Eastbound lanes of Shotwell Street are blocked to traffic. According to witnesses at the scene, a pickup truck struck a pedestrian in the east bound lanes of Shotwell Street near the intersection with Scott. Traffic is slowed… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety Busts Alleged Thief, Drug Dealer

Earlier this week, a Bainbridge man was arrested by Public Safety inside the Gilbert H Gragg Public Library as he attempted make a getaway from law enforcement. Here’s what happened: On Wednesday morning, Bainbridge Public Safety Officers Chip Nix and Timothy Mixon spotted Matthew James Jackson walking on Monroe Street next to the Decatur County – Gilbert H. Gragg… Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Semi Truck Overturned on Highway 84, Traffic Slowed

There has been an accident involving a loaded semi truck on Highway 84, just west of Brinson this morning.  According to witnesses, the truck appeared to be transporting some sort of agricultural material and has spilled its load. Traffic was slowed in both directions as a result of the accident. The affected area is just west of Spring Creek,… Read More »




Bainbridge State College Eliminates 18 Positions, Announces Budget Decrease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2017   Bainbridge State College Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Decrease   BAINBRIDGE, GA –  Today, Dr. Stuart Rayfield, interim president of Bainbridge State College (BSC), announced plans to reduce operating expenses for fiscal year 2018 as a result of several years of budget shortfalls. Budget shortfalls at BSC are the results of… Read More »

ARREST: Bainbridge Public Safety Busts Felon Drug Dealer

PRESS RELEASE Bainbridge Public Safety Investigators Chip Nix, Chris Avery, and Larry Funderburke arrested 22 year old convicted felon, Aaron Allen Jones, on Monday morning. Jones has been under investigation for several months.  Tips led investigators to Gibbs-Miles Apartments where he was located on Monday, and found in possession of a 22 Revolver, 25 bags of Cocaine, 10… Read More »

Bainbridge Man Runs 100 Mile Race, Announces 24 Hour, 135 Mile Endurance Run

Bainbridge runner Harold Allen is the type of person that inspires someone, even when he’s not trying to.  He’s the guy that motivates people he’s never even met.  A man that, through his own determination and strength, is having a butterfly effect of sorts on his community.  Harold Allen is a living legend. Recently, the Post Searchlight featured… Read More »




SPORTS: Bearcat Baseball Honoring Veterans, Seniors

The Bearcat Baseball team is planning a week of celebration with special honors scheduled for two upcoming games. The first is Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, April 12th when the Bearcats take on the Tift County Blue Devils.  During this special ceremony, the evening will by highlighted by Bronze Star Medal Recipient, Lt. Col. John E. Davis.  Davis will… Read More »

BPS: Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Major Drug Bust

PRESS RELEASE Bainbridge Public Safety Officers Jayson Myers and Jason Hayes performed a routine traffic stop at 8:30am on Wednesday morning on Tallahassee Highway in front of Tractor Supply. According to Myers, the driver of the single occupant vehicle was acting agitated during the stop, which led the officers to suspect the driver was hiding something. A search… Read More »

S.W Georgia Farm Devastated From Pipeline Construction

The 515 miles of the Sabal Trail Pipeline have not been without much controversy – from environmentalists, organized protests, social media campaigns, and has even resulted in a few isolated arrests. The pipeline construction nears completion in it’s trek across Southwest Georgia, and the frenetic progress continues farther south into Florida, crossing over the invaluable Floridan Aquifer.  The pipeline affects… Read More »




Bainbridge State College Police searching for potential suspects in theft (ID’d 2/22/17)

Update 2/22/17 6:35 a.m.: According to Bainbridge State College Police, the suspects in the pictures have been identified. Bainbridge State College Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects in these pictures. They are wanted for questioning about a theft that occurred at Bainbridge State College on February 14th. The vehicle is believed to be a silver Pontiac… Read More »




Decatur County Man Convicted in Infant Assault Case

A Decatur County man was convicted this week of aggravated assault on a 6 month old infant after doctors diagnosed the child with symptoms consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The assault occurred in June 2015 (read the original story here) and was tried in the Superior Court of Decatur County under Judge Heather Lanier.  This was the first trial… Read More »

Aggravated Assault in Decatur County; Suspect Turns Herself In to DCSO (Updated 2/16 2:04 p.m.)

Updated 2/16/17 2:04 p.m. According to law enforcement, Tanya McMillan turned herself in to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.  She was accompanied by her attorney. A Decatur County woman is wanted by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a stabbing that occurred late Sunday afternoon. According to Lt. Brian Donalson with the Decatur County… Read More »

NEWS: Grand Jury Indicts Bainbridge Man for 2 Murders, More Bad Weather Possible, BPS Awards and More

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news roundup for Monday, February 13, 2017: BAINBRIDGE, GA (SOWEGALIVE) – Bainbridge and Decatur County arrest reports for Friday, February 10, 2017 BAINBRIDGE, GA (SOWEGALIVE) – According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, southwest Georgia could be in for another bout of bad weather. BAINBRIDGE, GA (POST SEARCHLIGHT) – On Tuesday evening, Bainbridge… Read More »




Possible Tornado Damage in Decatur County Tuesday Night (Photos)

A plantation in southwest Decatur County received significant damage during Tuesday night’s storm.  Due to the extensive nature of the damage, it seems possible that a tornadic event occurred on the farm. On the scene you can see multiple large pine trees on the ground as well as a clear path of damage.  Thankfully, the damage was limited… Read More »

Another Fatal Accident at Hwy 27 N and Bethel Rd (Mon 5:00 pm)

Update 6:40 pm Bps Deputy Director Frank Green: Bainbridge Public Safety offers condolences to the family of Brenda Gail Solis of Bethel Road in Bainbridge. Brenda was killed in an accident on Highway 27 this afternoon. We ask the public to keep the passenger, who was Life Flighted, in their prayers. Her name has not been released and… Read More »

GDOT: List of Impassable State Routes

For Immediate Release: Sunday, January 22, 2017 Contact: Nita Birmingham District Communications 229.326.5435 Southwest Georgia GDOT Responding to Trees, Debris on State Routes TIFTON – Local Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance employees have been responding as needed to felled trees and other debris blocking state routes. Reports began coming into the Transportation Management Center on Saturday night, but… Read More »