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  • Emig: Oklahoma's defense will need to do its part against Georgia in CFP - Roanoke TimesEmig: Oklahoma's defense will need to do its part against Georgia in CFP - Roanoke Times

    Roanoke TimesEmig: Oklahoma's defense will need to do its part against Georgia in CFPRoanoke TimesAsked if Georgia's offense resembled any he faced this year, Okoronkwo said: “None in the Big 12, for sure.” Chubb, Michel and D'Andre Swift represent a breed of running back rare to the Big 12, Oklahoma State's Justice Hill and OU's Rodney Anderson ...Don't look now, but Georgia is loading up at running back againSaturday Down SouthGeorgia football: Dawn of the Dawg's thank you to our seniorsDawn of the Dawgall 6 news articles »

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  • UPDATE | Georgia Power says it expects to restore power to Atlanta airport by midnight - WRDW-TVUPDATE | Georgia Power says it expects to restore power to Atlanta airport by midnight - WRDW-TV

    WRDW-TVUPDATE | Georgia Power says it expects to restore power to Atlanta airport by midnightWRDW-TVGeorgia Power says it expects to have power restored to the Atlanta airport by midnight tonight. Georgia Power says it believes the power outage at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport was caused by a fire that caused extensive damage to an ...Georgia Power says electricity at Atlanta airport will likely be restored by midnightThe HillGeorgia Power expects power at Hartsfield-Jackson to be restored by midnightwpde.comGeorgia Power: Airport Electricity To Be Restored By MidnightWABE 90.1 FMDawgNation -WSB Atlanta -WSAV-TVall 316 news articles »

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  • Georgia Tech snaps 3-game skid with 79-53 win over FAMU - Lexington Herald LeaderGeorgia Tech snaps 3-game skid with 79-53 win over FAMU - Lexington Herald Leader

    Lexington Herald LeaderGeorgia Tech snaps 3-game skid with 79-53 win over FAMULexington Herald LeaderSophomore guard Josh Okogie, a preseason second-team All-ACC choice, scored 19 points in his first game of the season and Georgia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-54 victory over Florida A&M on Sunday. Freshman forward Moses Wright ...Five observations from Georgia Tech's win over Florida A&MMyAJCall 9 news articles »

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  • Women's Basketball Falls at Georgia, 60-53 - Georgia Tech Official Athletic SiteWomen's Basketball Falls at Georgia, 60-53 - Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

    Georgia Tech Official Athletic SiteWomen's Basketball Falls at Georgia, 60-53Georgia Tech Official Athletic SiteBut Georgia would hold Tech scoreless the remainder of the quarter and use a 12-0 run to lead 46-36 entering the fourth stanza. The Lady Bulldogs would claim a 12-point lead twice before Chanin Scott hit a trey to spark a quick 7-2 Jacket run and cut ...and more »

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  • UMass starts fast, rolls over Georgia at home - GazetteNETUMass starts fast, rolls over Georgia at home - GazetteNET

    GazetteNETUMass starts fast, rolls over Georgia at homeGazetteNETThey got off to a hot start and Georgia didn't get within single digits in the second half until the final minute as UMass rolled over the Bulldogs, 72-62, Saturday at the Mullins Center. “Were we going to be fat, happy and satisfied or were we going ...UMass makes 12 3-pointers, upsets Georgia 72-62Tampabay.comBalanced effort leads Minutemen in upset over BulldogsThe TelegraphGeorgia returns from break to take on UMass - Dawg SportsDawg SportsOnline Athensall 18 news articles »

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  • Clayton leaders graduate from Georgia Academy for Economic Development - News-Daily.comClayton leaders graduate from Georgia Academy for Economic Development - News-Daily.com

    News-Daily.comClayton leaders graduate from Georgia Academy for Economic DevelopmentNews-Daily.comThe board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Clayton County graduates from the 2017 Region 3 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields ...

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  • Mayor Tomlinson sees potential for Georgia democrats after Roy Moorea s defeatMayor Tomlinson sees potential for Georgia democrats after Roy Moorea s defeat

    Political operatives across the nation still are struggling to process what Democrat Doug Jones' surprise victory over Roy Moore in the highly contested Alabama special Senate election means for politics in the South. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said she believes Jones' victory is a sign that the end of one party's "cult-like hold" is in sight for Alabama, and that Georgia isn't far behind.

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  • Georgia university mergers to take effect in JanuaryGeorgia university mergers to take effect in January

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Mergers affecting four of Georgia’s public universities will take effect in January. At the start of next year, Armstrong State University in Savannah will merge with Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Both campuses will remain open under the Georgia Southern name with a combined enrollment of roughly 27,000 students. At the same time, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton is consolidating with Bainbridge State College. They will both use the name Abraham Baldwin and have about 6,000 students total. The state Board of Regents gave final approval to the mergers Tuesday after nearly a year of preparation work. The move reduces Georgia’s total number of public colleges and universities to 26. The University System of Georgia had 35 schools before a consolidation initiative was launched in 2011.

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  • Group's Mission: Save the Historic Research Vessel Kit Jones - U.S. News & World ReportGroup's Mission: Save the Historic Research Vessel Kit Jones - U.S. News & World Report

    Group's Mission: Save the Historic Research Vessel Kit JonesU.S. News & World ReportA group of people are banding together to save a work boat with a storied past that once traversed the ocean off Georgia's coast. Dec. 17, 2017, at 12:56 p.m.. Group's Mission: Save the Historic Research Vessel Kit Jones. Share. ×. Share on Facebook ...and more »

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  • Group’s mission: Save the historic research vessel Kit JonesGroup’s mission: Save the historic research vessel Kit Jones

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A group of people are banding together to save a work boat with a storied past that once traversed the ocean off Georgia’s coast. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the Kit Jones has been named one of Georgia’s most endangered historic structures. For decades, the vessel ferried residents and visitors along with goods and supplies between Georgia’s Sapelo Island and the mainland. It later was a research vessel for scientists and students of the University of Georgia and then the University of Mississippi. Dorothy O’Niell of Athens is among a loosely organized group now working to save the Kit Jones. They aim to raise enough money to bring the boat from south Mississippi back to Georgia’s McIntosh County, the ship’s home for decades, and then restore it to service again.

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  • Red Cross responds to seven fires over the weekendRed Cross responds to seven fires over the weekend

    SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) — Just days before Christmas more than 40 people are displaced after fires took over their homes. The American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia responded to seven fires in the last 36 hours. Those seven fires have left homes damaged or completely destroyed. The volunteers are providing comfort and emergency assistance such as financial needs, food, clothing and essentials. The Red Cross says during this time of the year they often see an increase in the amount of house fires. “Typically this time of the year when we do see a decrease in temperatures. That is the time we see a peak in our residential fires. Our volunteers have been helping many many families – almost 41 people in the last 36 hours we’ve assisted them with financial support, to be able to replace food and clothing,” Executive Director Esther Sheppard says.“Also giving them financial support to find a location to stay. It’s typically a hotel, somewhere that they can feel that they have some comfort and some hope so that they can plan their recovery.” The American Red Cross has some safety advice for you:  check existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home, develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year, install smoke alarms, don’t use candle or ovens to heat your home.  

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  • Toys for Tots drive a 'reunion' to help remember Capt. HerbToys for Tots drive a 'reunion' to help remember Capt. Herb

    Liz Marino/Douglas County Sentinel Karen Emory, left, accepts a parking sign from Sgt. Chris Canady with the Georgia National Guard Company H 121 Airborne Infantry that had been made especially for Capt.

    Georgia News / 12 h. 6 min. ago
  • Report: Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick faces court hearing after alleged failed drug test - Red and BlackReport: Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick faces court hearing after alleged failed drug test - Red and Black

    Red and BlackReport: Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick faces court hearing after alleged failed drug testRed and BlackOnly two days after having a charge of marijuana possession against him dropped, Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick faces a court hearing for allegedly failing a drug test and violating his parole, according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN. Patrick was ...

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  • Georgia theme park offers free tickets for eating crickets - NBC4i.comGeorgia theme park offers free tickets for eating crickets - NBC4i.com

    NBC4i.comGeorgia theme park offers free tickets for eating cricketsNBC4i.comVALDOSTA, GA (AP) — A Georgia theme park is offering guests a free ticket if they eat a cricket. The giveaway may bug some people. But Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta was giving away T-shirts and free admission Saturday to the first 100 guests ...and more »

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  • Criminals killing the joy - Crime-ravaged communities face muted holiday celebrationsCriminals killing the joy - Crime-ravaged communities face muted holiday celebrations

    The festivities that normally accompany the Christmas celebration have been replaced by fear and apprehension in several communities across this island where residents are living in the shadow of the gun. With more than 1,500 murders so far this year, residents in the violence-plagued communities in St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, St Catherine and the Corporate Area are entering this week's preparation for Christmas in a sombre mood, as criminals "You can go about, but you have to be careful because it is not like something that shows a signal; so anything can happen at any time.

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  • Tax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural Georgia - Albany Times UnionTax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural Georgia - Albany Times Union

    Tax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural GeorgiaAlbany Times UnionMILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of state lawmakers have approved sweeping proposals aimed at encouraging people and businesses to move to rural Georgia. The group recently voted to support income tax breaks worth up to $6,000 a year, high-speed ...and more »

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  • New U.S. attorney pledges zero tolerance for violence in Savannah, Southern DistrictNew U.S. attorney pledges zero tolerance for violence in Savannah, Southern District

    Bobby L. Christine makes no bones that his focus as the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia will be on reducing violent crime. "My agenda is to make the Southern District of Georgia safer," the 48-year-old Augusta native said as he works his way into his new offices overlooking Savannah's Ellis Square.

    Georgia News / 21 h. 18 min. ago
  • David Warren BrewerDavid Warren Brewer

    David Warren Brewer, 73, of Bremen died December 15, 2017. He was born December 7, 1944, in Carrollton, Georgia, to the late William Warren Brewer and Correne Folds Brewer.

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  • Pentagon has been secretly investigating UFOs for a decadePentagon has been secretly investigating UFOs for a decade

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - In revelations made by two media publications, it has emerged that the Defense Department secretly set up a program ten years ago to investigate unidentified flying objects, or U

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  • UPDATE: One man shot in North ColumbusUPDATE: One man shot in North Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ga.- Columbus Fire and EMS confirm a man has been transported to Midtown Medical for a shooting wound. Officials have just confirmed to News Three, there is no threat to the community as  the man shot himself in the head.

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  • Salvation Army Bell Ringer survives cancer; sets up GoFundMeSalvation Army Bell Ringer survives cancer; sets up GoFundMe

    SAVANNAH, GA – A Savannah woman spent more than ten years ringing a bell to help people in need. Now, she’s facing a battle while still working to save others. Christine Latson has worked for Salvation Army for fifteen years. She said she looks forward to bell ringing every holiday season, usually outside of the Kroger on Wilmington Island, but this year, her health issues took its toll. “I don’t want my life to be a boring life, so I look for God. He gives me the strength. He gives me the strength, I get it from God,” said Latson. The cancer survivor only has one arm. She suffered a stroke back in 2005 which paralyzed her right side. Doctors had to amputate that arm last year, when they found cancer in it. “I see girls ladies women men people with their arms you know and here I am don’t have them but I’ve got to keep a smile on my face,” she said. However, Latson told News 3, she won’t let cancer get her down. She hopes to inspire others to find strength hurdling every obstacle. She said, “It’s not that I have lived my life, but I have lived my life with experience, and behind every experience, for m,e is a teacher.” Latson said she wants to teach others to give even when they need help the most. “You know some days it’s good and some days it’s not, but still every day is a good day. You can always be changeable and turn your day around and that’s what I try to do,” said Latson. Latson told News 3 she’s gone bankrupt trying to cover all her medical bills, and lost work when her health took a turn for the worse. If you would like to donate to her GoFundMe account, click here. 

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  • Man wanted in Burke County for drugsMan wanted in Burke County for drugs

    WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WJBF) – The Burke County Sheriff’s Office issued arrest warrants for 32-year-old Thomas Craig Williams.  Investigators said Williams has arrest warrants for the following:  Possession of Oxycodone with intent to Distribute  Possession of Alprazolam with intent to Distribute  Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to Distribute  (2) Counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Distribute  Possession of Marijuana  Obstruction The sheriff’s office reports Williams is wanted in connection to a search warrant on the 1300 block of Highway 23 South in Waynesboro.  He is considered armed and people are asked to use caution.  Contact BCSO Investigative Sergeant Brad Capitosti at 706-554-2133.

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  • The seven words Trump has banned the CDC from using...The seven words Trump has banned the CDC from using...

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been handed a list of forbidden words that the Trump administration doesn’t want them to ever use.Accordin

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  • Slipknot: Will Trump fire Mueller to derail collusion probe?Slipknot: Will Trump fire Mueller to derail collusion probe?

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - With three of U.S. President Donald Trump’s allies, including the ousted former National Security adviser Michael Flynn and one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort, already

    Big News Network.com / 1 d. 5 h. 26 min. ago
  • Help for rural Georgia top issue at chamber 'Eggs and Issues' breakfastHelp for rural Georgia top issue at chamber 'Eggs and Issues' breakfast

    There were numerous issues brought up during the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce's annual "Eggs and Issues" breakfast at the Georgia Club in Statham on Tuesday morning, but the dominant topic was a statewide focus on improving life in rural Georgia. Chris Clark, president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and members of the Barrow County Legislative Delegation, said the state Legislature's top focus next year should be focusing on attracting economic development to, retaining population and improving healthcare access in rural counties.

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  • Vote is made official in Atlanta mayor’s race: Bottoms winsVote is made official in Atlanta mayor’s race: Bottoms wins

    ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials have certified the results of Atlanta’s mayoral election runoff, finally making the numbers official in Keisha Lance Bottoms’ victory over Mary Norwood. The election results were certified Saturday. Norwood had requested a recount after the results certified Dec. 11 showed Bottoms winning the Dec. 5 runoff by a margin of less than 1 percent. In Thursday’s recount, Norwood picked up five votes and Bottoms lost six in Fulton County in the recount. DeKalb results remained the same, so no new certification was necessary. Richard Barron, Fulton County’s elections director, said the new results were certified Saturday. The final numbers show that Bottoms garnered 46,661 votes, or 50.44 percent; and Norwood got 45,840 votes, or 49.56 percent.

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  • Battling Thomas Fire has already cost California $97 millionBattling Thomas Fire has already cost California $97 million

    CALIFORNIA, U.S. - A wildfire, which started in the coastal communities in Southern California, has today become the state’s third largest blaze on record, burning through 256,000 acres and l

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  • Trigger-happy North Korea gearing for another shocker?Trigger-happy North Korea gearing for another shocker?

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - As the world united against its nuclear ambitions on Friday, the undeterred nuclear state, North Korea was believed to have shut its ears to the world.Experts believ

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  • Georgia theme park offers free tickets for eating cricketsGeorgia theme park offers free tickets for eating crickets

    VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia theme park is offering guests a free ticket if they eat a cricket. The giveaway may bug some people. But Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta was giving away T-shirts and free admission Saturday to the first 100 guests to gobble up a roasted cricket. The challenge was meant to promote the park’s upcoming attraction called MEGABUGS! The Valdosta Daily Times reports the interactive insect attraction will open in March. Exhibits will include giant replicas of insects including a 15-foot (4.5-meter) dragonfly, a 26-foot (8-meter) hissing cockroach and a 50-foot (15-meter) millipede. Wild Adventures officials said in a news release the exhibits will showcase the unique sounds and movements that insects make.

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  • Georgia unites $6.6 million with life insurance holdersGeorgia unites $6.6 million with life insurance holders

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 600 Georgians have been united with more than $6.6 million found in lost or misplaced life insurance policies or annuities. The Georgia Department of Insurance says 589 consumers have reaped the benefits of Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Life Insurance Policy Locator during the tool’s first year. Hudgens says the response from the application has been tremendous and he encourages Georgians to log in to see if they have unclaimed money left from a deceased family member or loved one. The department says about 3,362 consumers have conducted searches since the policy locator was launched in December 2016. Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence says the policy locator streamlines and simplifies the process for consumers searching for a lost life insurance policy.

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  • Tax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural GeorgiaTax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural Georgia

    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of state lawmakers have approved sweeping proposals aimed at encouraging people and businesses to move to rural Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the group recently voted to support income tax breaks worth up to $6,000 a year, high-speed internet lines in unconnected areas and better health care access. The recommendations approved by the Georgia House of Representatives Rural Development Council could become a reality if enacted by the General Assembly next year. House Speaker David Ralston said the council’s initiatives are a high priority as lawmakers try to bolster rural areas of Georgia. The efforts are focused on counties losing population and jobs to cities. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 124 of them had less than 5 percent population growth for five straight years. ___ Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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  • Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuanaCautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

    When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it. Texas is the last big state to allow some form of medical marijuana, albeit an oil extract so low in the psychoactive component, THC, that it couldn't get a person high.

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  • Fire leaves 2 children dead, mother, and 4th person injuredFire leaves 2 children dead, mother, and 4th person injured

    JACKSON, Ga. (AP) – Georgia authorities say two small children died and their mother was severely burned in a house fire that also injured a fourth person. News outlets report that the fire broke out Friday afternoon in Jackson, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. One child was 2. There were conflicting reports on whether the other was 3 or 4 years old. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long tells WXIA-TV deputies rescued the mother through the back door before firefighters arrived, but could not reach the children. He tells WSB-TV that three other children were at school when the fire broke out. The victims’ names were not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  • Attorney general speaks at CCGA fall commencementAttorney general speaks at CCGA fall commencement

    Meagan Mack, left, photobombs her fellow psychology majors Paige McCall, center, and Amanda Pierson as McCall snaps a photo while College of Coastal Georgia students wait for the procession during the CCGA 2017 Fall Commencement at the Jekyll Convention Center Friday. School of Arts and Sciences students stand before walking to the stage to receive their diplomas Friday during the College of Coastal Georgia 2017 Fall Commencement Friday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

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  • Suicide among children is on the rise. Georgia lawmakers announce plan to tackle mental healthSuicide among children is on the rise. Georgia lawmakers announce plan to tackle mental health

    RICHMOND HILL, GA- The Commission on Children’s Mental Health released a report this week listing eight different recommendations for improving state services in Georgia. Currently, lawmakers say we are dealing with a mental health crisis. The latest numbers show that suicide among teens has doubled in the past decade. According to the CDC, a child under the age of 13 commits suicide every 1 in 5 days. Experts told News 3, that number has only spiked in the last couple of years. “It’s alarming and it’s frightening,” said Timeka Howard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist at Satchase Creative Therapy. “In one instant they can click the button and hear the thing that’s said about a child that’s going out to 100 students.” Howard told News 3 a major factor in the increase in suicide rates is students bullying online and in schools, the place where she says they should make mental health a priority. “We need to make it just like we make Math and English, necessary. We need to make anti-bullying necessary,” she said. Howard is not the only one who believes that. Governor Nathan Deal is recommending funding for greater suicide prevention services and school-based care. He is also hoping to combat substance abuse among kids who seek to self-medicate. “We think that our children go into their room and shutting the door, we kind of write it off as ‘oh they’re just a teenager they don’t want to be bothered,’ but we need to bother them,” said Howard. Howard also told News 3 she believes the Commission’s report is a step in the right direction but that the state still has a long way to go. She asks parents, counselors and teachers to pay attention and stay educated to help prevent these things from happening in our community. Howard said, “because it is happening right here, as sad as it may be. It is happening.” To view the full Commission on Children’s Mental Health report, click here. 

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  • Americans view FLOTUS Melania more favourably than TrumpAmericans view FLOTUS Melania more favourably than Trump

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - In the first year in the White House, the First Lady Melania Trump has emerged as being more popular in the country, than the U.S. President Donald Trump.According to a ne

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  • GOP rushes to get tax bill to Trump’s desk before ChristmasGOP rushes to get tax bill to Trump’s desk before Christmas

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - On Friday, Republicans unveiled the final text of their bill to rewrite the tax code and are reportedly hoping to send the bill to U.S. President Donald Trump’s desk before

    Big News Network.com / 1 d. 23 h. 21 min. ago
  • Berkshire Hathaway vice president elected president of Atlanta Realtors AssociationBerkshire Hathaway vice president elected president of Atlanta Realtors Association

    From left,Dan Forsman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, presenting a special gift to Newbie and Bill Murray on the occasion of Bill's election as president of the Atlanta Realtors Association.

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  • Together 2017 unveils concept of 2 new projectsTogether 2017 unveils concept of 2 new projects

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — A local organization is investing more than $100,000 dollars into several projects across the tri-city area and the project is picking up pace in Columbus. Together 2017 is investing $139,000 to build a free outside fitness center at Rotary Park. And that’s not all, soon several murals will be painted around town to show the artistic side of our community. Together 2017 unveiled its latest projects. Fitness Together at Rotary Park and My River Valley, a multi faceted project that focuses on the artistic and cultural side of our community. Young professionals from the tri city are masterminds behind these two projects. The group tells News 3 they wanted to bring fresh ideas that would bring the community together. The new fitness center will be free and open to the public. And joggers say this a great opportunity to get some folks interested in health without hurting their pockets. “It will give people an option for those who don’t want to get a gym membership and it will give people a choice of where they want to workout,” says Terrance Flowers. And if you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. There will soon be murals throughout the valley. “They’ll base it on from lines from the poem that speak to them and once we have those developed we will place those strategically through out the city,” says Marquette McKnight. “There’s a story that’s literally told on the walls through out this whole community,” says Michael Porter. Highlighting the spirit and heart of the city. Project coordinators expect to have the new fitness center and murals completed in the new year.

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  • Georgia freshman defensive back arrested after summer offenseGeorgia freshman defensive back arrested after summer offense

    Defensive back Latavious Brini was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Clarke County sheriff's office. He was released about three hours later on $5,700 bond, jail records show.

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  • Our View: Georgia Southern needed stronger advocates in consolidation processOur View: Georgia Southern needed stronger advocates in consolidation process

    After Georgia Southern was founded in 1906 as the First District A&M School, it took on the name of Georgia Teachers College in 1939.

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  • Azerbaijani press: Diplomatic success or foreign policy victory?Azerbaijani press: Diplomatic success or foreign policy victory?

    The European Parliament has today approved the annual "EU foreign and security policy", which for the first time reaffirmed EU's commitments to support the territorial integrity of all Eastern Partnership countries within their internationally recognized borders. The resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of votes .

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  • How you can stay protected from Porch Pirates this holiday seasonHow you can stay protected from Porch Pirates this holiday season

    SAVANNAH, Ga., (WSAV) — Whether you call them porch pirates, package thieves or just plain crooks. Theft of merchandise from front porches is a common problem, especially this time of year. Many think it’s convenient to have a package delivered  to their front door and left on the front porch. But the bad guys see that convenience as an opportunity to commit a crime. It is the season- of gift giving, wrapping, and last but not least online shopping. Millions are taking to the internet to spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars for gifts to place under  the tree. “This is the time of year that everyone goes out, they get presents for loved ones, and like you said, thousands of dollars of presents within a home,”  Bluffton Police Department, Lieutenant, Joe Babkiewicz, says. All those packages can be easy prey to crooks just waiting for the chance to swipe them once they are delivered to your front porch. According to Package Guard- 11 million owners have had a package stolen in the last year. Police are offering simple solutions if you’re traveling out of town or if you aren’t home at the time of your delivery. “Family, relatives, friends, have them stop by, have them pick up the mail too — because a lot of people will see the mail stocked up in the mailbox and they’ll know somebody’s not at the house at that time,” Babkiewicz says. In October- UPS expected to ship 750 million packages during the holidays. 53% of those receiving packages worry about them being left outside their home. Package Guard states that 74% of packages are stolen during the day when homeowners are at work. But – carriers like USPS, UPS, and FEDEX offer a service where you can track your merchandise, change the delivery time, and even arrange to have it dropped off at a leasing office. Some homeowners are getting creative with ways to keep crooks away by installing cameras, motion sensors and even booby traps to stop the thefts. According to Custom Security Rep, Robin Blaire, “That’s been hot this year, where you can actually yourself go monitor the packages that are being delivered when they get dropped off…You can actually sit there and talk to the person even when you’re at work.”

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  • Tillerson contradicts North Korea strategy baffling leadersTillerson contradicts North Korea strategy baffling leaders

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - Days after America’s top diplomat, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered unconditional talks with North Korea, he stepped back from his offer.Tillerson&r

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  • Fire: 2 children dead, mother, attempted rescuer injuredFire: 2 children dead, mother, attempted rescuer injured

    JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities say two toddler boys died and their mother was severely burned in an electrical fire. Deputy Fire Commissioner Jay Florence says the fire broke out Friday afternoon in Jackson, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. He says the boys were 2 and 3 years old. He says the fire apparently started in hallway electrical outlets, and the mother reportedly woke about 2:30 p.m. surrounded by flames. Glen Allen of the Georgia State Insurance Commissioner’s Office says she’s in critical condition with burns over 30 to 40 percent of her upper body. He says reports that a fourth person was injured were incorrect. Florence says the victims’ names are being withheld until next-of-kin can be notified. Allen says fires have killed 100 people in Georgia this year. ___ This story has been corrected to show that one person was injured, not two.

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  • Savannah survey: Leave monument to Confederate dead aloneSavannah survey: Leave monument to Confederate dead alone

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A large majority of survey respondents have told Savannah officials the city’s 138-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers should be left alone. City Hall conducted its survey after Mayor Eddie DeLoach proposed in August finding a way “to expand the story this monument tells” that’s inclusive of all Savannah residents. The 48-foot (14-meter) monument was completed in 1879 to honor the Confederate dead. Results of 4,901 survey responses released Friday showed respondents opposed any changes to the monument by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Roughly half of the respondents identified themselves as Savannah residents. City officials said in a news release that a task force is reviewing the survey responses and will make a recommendation to the mayor in early 2018. Georgia law prohibits taking down any Confederate monument.

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  • Mother, school board member raise bus shortage concernMother, school board member raise bus shortage concern

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus mother says she was horrified when her two sons called her a 6 p.m. Wednesday night still waiting for a school bus that never came to pick them up from Kendrick High School. The woman we spoke with says her boys and around 10 other kids were still waiting out on the curb even after the school’s light went out and the staff went home. The school district has had trouble getting students to and from classes amid a bus driver shortage. Now one school board member says money that could go to fixing the problem may be headed instead for the superintendent’s pocket. School board member Frank Myers says unfortunately, what happened Wednesday afternoon was nothing new. “This is just one of the many horror stories that we have gotten over the last several weeks about the state of the transportation system at the Muscogee County School District. It’s out of control, it’s broken and it needs to be fixed,” says Frank Myers. Myers tells us he was contacted by a frustrated mom whose children were among around 10 kids who waited for hours at school after their bus never came. That woman spoke with News 3 with her identity protected. “I didn’t even receive a phone call and I mean they call you for every little thing,” says a concerned mother. This mother says it’s not the first time the school buses have been sluggish to get students to their destinations, amid an ongoing bus driver shortage. But every time, brings with it new fears. Do you ever worry something might happen to them while they’re outside waiting? “I mean of course. Even walking home. I mean at this time, it’s already bout to get dark, so it’s like 6:30 last night. It’s dark,” says a concerned mother. Wednesday afternoon, she says her kids went to the Kendrick High School office to ask when the bus would be coming. They were told, wait 15 more minutes, 20 more minutes, 30 more minutes, until finally they went back to the office, and no one was there. “I was mad about it, I don’t think that they should’a left without making sure, because she clearly said this morning, ‘We thought they caught the bus.’ You couldn’t have thought they caught the bus, you just left and went home,” says a concerned mother. Myers says the transpiration topic doesn’t come up in school board meetings nearly as much as it should. “It makes me sick to my stomach that we’re looking at a $55,000 plus windfall for the superintendent’s retirement account, extra and above what he’s already going to get from the state if he, I think he has to work 10 years, when that $50,000 dollars ought to be spent on hiring and retaining competent school bus drivers,” says Myers. He says he’s going to speak his mind on the transportation issue, even though it’s not on Monday afternoon’s school board meeting agenda. “You don’t give someone a raise and some humongous bonus… that’s not time for raises, that’s time for a good talking to,” says Myers. The mother we spoke with says she’s called everyone from the school district transportation director on down trying to get answers, but she didn’t get one. We put in a request to the school district as well. They said they would need to check on a few facts before they could issue us a statement. So far we have yet to receive it.

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  • Commission preparing to study LEC for possible useCommission preparing to study LEC for possible use

    AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – Augusta officials think there’s nothing wrong with checking out Augusta’s Law Enforcement Center. Next week, city leaders will debate spending almost $25 thousand on a study to determine if the old LEC would be safe to renovate for Juvenile Court. The building closed four years ago because of problems of mold and leaks. There is sales tax money to demolish the building but city leaders say it should be look at first to see if it can be reused. “It is a tough call, but I think it’s worth us to investigate it and taking a look at it to put that to rest I think it never has been properly evaluated I think Cranston Engineers put together a great team for us to look at it I think it’s a small price to pay to make an honest assessment of it and I’m prepared to do it,” says Commissioner Ben Hasan. If the full commission approve the money next week, for the study. It will come out of the million and a half dollars voters approved in the last sales tax —to demolish it.

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  • Americus church hosts blood drive for Officers Smarr and SmithAmericus church hosts blood drive for Officers Smarr and Smith

    AMERICUS, Ga. — An Americus church is hosting a blood drive to honor two officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. Americus First Baptist Church at 221 South Lee Street invites you to come out between now and 6 p.m. Friday evening and donate. The drive honors the lives of officers Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith. The best friends were murdered while responding to a domestic violence call last year. Officer Smarr worked with Americus police and Officer Smith worked with Georgia Southwestern State University.  

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  • Trump tears into ‘disgraceful’ FBI amid intensified probeTrump tears into ‘disgraceful’ FBI amid intensified probe

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump tore into the FBI on Friday, merely hours before addressing the the agency’s training academy graduation ceremony. Trump told report

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  • Elderly woman dies in Coweta County house fire.Elderly woman dies in Coweta County house fire.

    COWETA COUNTY, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities are investigating a house fire that killed a 91-year-old woman. Atlanta area news outlets report that the woman’s 51-year-old grandson, who is legally blind, escaped the blaze. The fire broke out in the attic of the house in rural Coweta County early Friday. The home was destroyed. Georgia Insurance Commissioner says in a news release that the fire is believed to have resulted from an electrical malfunction. The victim was identified as Ellinor Madrak.

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  • Former NFL player, CSRA Youth League Tournament organizer out on bond for drug chargesFormer NFL player, CSRA Youth League Tournament organizer out on bond for drug charges

    COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 has learned that a former NFL player and organizer of this weekend’s “Battle of the CSRA Youth League Tournament” is out on bond after being arrested on drugs and weapon charges in Columbia County. Raymond Webber was arrested in November after a search warrant was issued for his business “More than Just a Game Training Center”. According to the incident report, Columbia County deputies found marijuana, distribution materials including a scale and two guns at the business. Webber has been charged with 4 counts of drug possession with an intent to distribute and one count of having a weapon during the commission of a crime. Webber is currently out on a $43-thousand bond.

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  • Local non-profit give back to community in unique wayLocal non-profit give back to community in unique way

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- GAP Ministries, a local non-profit in downtown Augusta provides a unique service to women and families in need. Services provided include a food pantry, diaper bank for infants and toddlers, and medication prescription assistance.  Supported by local area churches, the program runs strictly on donations and contributions from the community. Lyneisha Dykes, found out about the program from a friend and says the program has supported her through tough financial times. “Believe it or not we were struggling and I was crying, I had a baby and we needed food and I didn’t know what to do.” Dykes said. Every week she stands in line with over a hundred people to receive a weeks supply of diapers for her two daughters. The Ministry provides diapers for women in need for only one dollar per child. GAP also provides donated clothing items for men, women, and children. Jodi Huff, The Director says their clients range from working professionals to the homeless, however they provide services for everyone. “We don’t do specific things really for the holidays because we try to focus on what people need day in and day out and how we can support families and support people every day in their lives.” Huff said. One of the unique services the ministry provides is its identification program. Ministry volunteers work to ensure that those in need the proper identification in order to receive job opportunities and housing. “You can’t do anything without an ID. And you cant get an Id without a birth certificate so we feel like its important to help people get their start.” Huff said. GAP also provides storage bins for the homeless to store their personal belongings until they can find a home. GAP opens their doors to the community every Thursday from 9 am until 12:30pm. For more information on services offered visit GAPministriesaugusta.org  

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  • Public Service Commission staff say Georgia Power should share Vogtle risks and costs or cancel projectPublic Service Commission staff say Georgia Power should share Vogtle risks and costs or cancel project

    ATLANTA, Ga. (WJBF)- The staff of state regulators are now asking for Georgia Power to take more responsibility for cost overruns in construction of reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle. NewsChannel 6 first exposed that construction at Plant Vogtle has allowed the company’s shareholders and financiers to make more than $1 billion in profit on an over-budget and behind schedule project by charging customers for construction and a return monthly on their power bills. Now, analysts are asking that the company share more of the project’s financial risk with customers or cancel construction. The company recommends that ratepayers pick up the tab for the partially complete project if it is cancelled, while the staff recommends that the commission hold a hearing a later date to determine whether ratepayers should pay for the reactors if cancelled. In the first Public Service Commission hearing since Vogtle contractor Westinghouse went bankrupt, the multi-billion dollar nuclear project in Burke County is at a crossroads. In the wake of the bankruptcy, Georgia Power, the largest owner of the project, executed a cost-to-complete analysis to determine if continuing with construction of reactors 3 and 4 is worth it. The company recommended continuing construction with no cap to spending. The Public Service Commission will make a decision on whether to approve, deny or modify the company’s recommendations on December 21. “Billions of dollars are at stake,” said Liz Coyle, who is the executive director of consumer advocacy group Georgia Watch. The Public Service Commission’s Staff recommends that the commission hold the company more accountable going forward. The staff says the company’s conditions shift most of the risk to customers, to the tune of a negative economic benefit of $1.6 billion. In layman’s terms: it would be cheaper build another type of power plant in a different location than continue with this project. Source: Georgia Public Service Commission Docket 29849.Newsome-Hayet-Kollen Testimony 17th VCM, p. 4 The staff analysts recommend that the commissioners should only approve continuing construction if it provides economic benefit to customers, which would require the company to bear some of cost overruns and risks going forward. “I believe what the commission will do is have a vote, and set a standard that the company can either accept or reject,” said Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise. “If they accept it, it is essentially a go vote; [they] will continue the project.” Saff’s analysis now puts the cost of the project to be twice as much as originally planned. For Georgia Power’s 45 percent stake in the project, it was supposed to cost $6.1 billion. Now, it’s estimated to double. Add that $12.2 billion to the 55 percent stake of the project’s other owners, and the total estimated price tag is well over $20 billion. The completion date has also been extended 68 months. According to financial reports, Georgia Power has not suffered because of the delays and costs. In fact, they are making money off the project, even though the reactors have not produced enough electricity to light a single bulb. The company is allowed to collect a set rate of return on its investments, usually around ten percent. So the more the company spends on Vogtle, the more it makes. And it’s all coming from a monthly charge on your power bills. The staff says with the cost overruns so far, the company is set to make nearly twice what it would have if construction stayed on schedule. In their testimony, the staff says the profit the company will collect will increase from about $7.4 billion to about $12.6 billion over the life of the units; that’s more than a $5 billion profit on cost overruns and delays that Georgia Power customers will pay via their power bills. Source: Georgia Public Service Commission Docket 29849.Newsome-Hayet-Kollen Testimony 17th VCM, p. 27   Tom Fanning, the CEO of Georgia Power’s parent company, Southern Company, has said Southern’s dividends have risen every year under his leadership. He also has said Southern’s shares have risen since the company announced its intention to ask the PSC for permission to continue working on Vogtle 3 & 4, according to Bloomberg. “We remain confident that the unified recommendation to move forward with construction represents the best choice for customers while preserving the benefits of a new carbon-free energy source for our state,” said Georgia Power spokesperson Jacob Hawkins in an email to NewsChannel 6. “We also understand that this is a complex and difficult decision and it is ultimately the decision of the Georgia PSC on whether or not we will move forward with the Vogtle project.” He says the company is sharing the financial risks, noting that a commission agreement about delays has resulted in a nearly $500 million penalty to shareholders. However, the PSC staff says this reduction will only prevent the company’s profit from increasing to about $13.1 billion. Georgia Power also announced Thursday that it has received the total $1.7 billion owed it by Toshiba, the parent company of Westinghouse. However, the PSC staff’s analysis included this money in its analysis, so it does not change the conclusions presented in their testimony. NewsChannel 6 also spoke to members of the community in Waynesboro, Ga. about how cancelling the plant would affect them. You can view that story here.

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  • How ISIS got its hands on U.S. military weapons in SyriaHow ISIS got its hands on U.S. military weapons in Syria

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - A shocking expose has emerged, based on three years of documentation of weapons recovered from the terrorist organization, once known as the world’s most fears and dangerou

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  • Court appearance for woman accused in drunk driving incident that injured several childrenCourt appearance for woman accused in drunk driving incident that injured several children

    COLUMBIA COUNTY (WJBF) – The woman accused of driving drunk during an accident that injured several children finds out her fate on Monday. Tara McConnell is scheduled to go to court at 2 p.m. on Monday for a sentencing hearing. Columbia County deputies say she was driving her car when it wrecked near the intersection of Belair and Columbia Roads back in June. According to a deputy who testified, McConnell had a blood alcohol level of .394. The accident severely injured 6 children, with one, 6-year-old Violet Bargeron, now paralyzed.  

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  • Last chunks of Georgia Dome to be blasted away in AtlantaLast chunks of Georgia Dome to be blasted away in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) – Portions of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta that are still standing soon will be brought down with explosives. A long wall on the stadium’s east end and a smaller structure on the other side both failed to fall when the rest of the stadium was brought down in an implosion Nov. 20. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a “supplemental implosion” to bring down the remaining pieces is set for 1 a.m. Dec. 20. The dome was built in 1992. It was the former home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of two Super Bowls, 1996 Olympics Games events and NCAA basketball tournaments among other major events. It’s being replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.

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  • Alleged serial bank robber Frank Douglas arrestedAlleged serial bank robber Frank Douglas arrested

    (WJBF) – An alleged serial bank robber is now in police custody. Frank Douglas has been wanted for several weeks after police say he robbed a bank in North Augusta, Conyers and in Athens, Georgia. Douglas was arrested in Greenville, South Carolina for disorderly conduct where he is currently being held.  

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  • Atlanta mayoral election recount underwayAtlanta mayoral election recount underway

    ATLANTA, Ga. (WJBF) –  Election officials in Fulton and Dekalb Counties will hold an election recount Thursday, Dec.14 to see who has won the Atlanta mayoral race. The trailing candidate in Atlanta’s mayoral election has requested a recount after the certified results showed a margin of less than 1 percent. A lawyer for Mary Norwood sent a letter this week to officials in Fulton and Dekalb Counties. The letter requests a recount and asks election officials to investigate alleged discrepancies. The certified results show that 832 votes separate Norwood from Keisha Lance Bottoms.  

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  • Holiday Heart isn’t as fun it soundsHoliday Heart isn’t as fun it sounds

    Augusta, GA (WJBF) – THE SOUND OF HOLIDAY HEART SOUNDS APPEALING BUT IT ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE, ITS WHEN THOSE PEOPLE THAT USUALLY DONT DRINK ANY OTHER YEAR BUT AROUND THIS TIME; WHICH CAN VERY DANGEROUS FOR YOUR HEART.  

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  • Experts saying this years flu vaccine is 10% effectiveExperts saying this years flu vaccine is 10% effective

    Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The flu is currently widespread in four states, one of those being Georgia. Doctors are reporting that this year’s flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective but they also say this number is better than zero and they still suggest it. Healthcare providers are saying this flu season could be rough one. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, more than 7-thousand cases of the flu have been confirmed– which is double compared to the numbers from last year. “The very young and the very old could potentially die from getting the flu,” said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. We’re in the middle of flu season and on average in Georgia flu vaccines have been about 42 percent effective. But recently those number have dropped to 10 percent this year round due to the season of another country. “This is based on the fact that it’s the same vaccine essentially that’s used in Australia and Australia’s flu season is kind of it’s at a different time of the year than ours and so what happens there are often times emulated over here,” said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. Australia is 1 of 5 world health organization location, specifically the infectious diseases reference laboratory representative from each country then make recommendation on the composition if the influenza vaccine, which happens every February. “You gotta remember that the virus mutates and changes and so the few months it takes to develop a flu vaccine by the time that occurs that particular virus may have already morphed and modified into something a little bit different where the virus vaccine won’t take effect,” said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. Doctors say there has been cases of the effective percent rate drop in past years but they still recommend getting the shot. “One, 10% is still better than none and also when it’s less effective you almost really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus,” said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. “And make sure you do cover your mouth when you cough and just keeping your children away from sick is some of the big tips to prevent getting the flu this season,” said Jason Herman, RN at Doctors Hospital. The main things doctors want you to understand is that when you have the flu, stay home! Putting others at risk can be dangerous and you could also give the flu back to yourself if you’re continuing to work.

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  • Concerns over putting new dollars into old LECConcerns over putting new dollars into old LEC

    AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – It’s slated for the wrecking ball. Voters approved one and a half million dollars in sales taxes to demolish the old LEC, but then commissioners heard from the Chief Judge of the Superior court who wants the city to look at the space for Juvenile Court. “We all feel like we need to do more for the Juveniles and for the kids but at the end of the day where’s the funding going to be for these,” said Commissioner Sean Frantom. To do a top to bottom assessment of the building would cost money. $23 thousand to determine if the old moldy building would be safe to be reused. If that answer is yes, then $68 thousand would be spent to study how to renovate it for Juvenile Court and how much the final cost of would be. “I’m really torn with that decision because just the cost to look at it and determine if it’s worthy or not is awfully expensive,” said Commissioner Dennis Williams. A commission committee is also concerned about costs agreeing to spend the only $23 thousand to first find out if old LEC is safe. “If it says you can’t save it then we tear it down we’re never going to throw away tax payers money George, we may have some difference on how we spend it but we’re not going to throw it away,” said Commissioner Sammie Sias. But even if the building comes back clean there’s no money available to pay to renovate it for juvenile court. ‘ “I think we have to look at other options I just don’t see how we’re going to find this money on a building in very bad shape I’ve been told,” said Commissioner Frantom. City leaders say they wish Juvenile Court would have said something about space needs two years ago when the SPLOST VII package was being put  together again the only money for the LEC in that package  is the million and a half dollars to tear it down.

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  • Changes coming to Muni building spacesChanges coming to Muni building spaces

    AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) – Big changes for Augusta city offices. A commission committee giving the okay to move the employee health clinic into an empty building near the Municipal Building and to demolish the old Engineering department administrative offices The idea is that the old engineering building would be difficult to renovate because it’s not ADA compliant, and tearing it down makes room for more parking. “It will allow us to create about five or more parking spaces. Right now that’s what we’ve projected but, most importantly it will improve parking lot flow, which is extremely important for the increase in traffic that we are about to experience downtown,” said Takiyah Douse, Central Services Department Director. Other changes include moving the 311 office out of the Municipal Building into newly renovated space at the Central Services Department on Peach Orchard Road. Sales tax dollars would cover the nearly one million dollar costs

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  • Missouri man indicted for making threats against Augusta mosqueMissouri man indicted for making threats against Augusta mosque

    (WJBF) – A Missouri man is facing charges in connection with a number of threats allegedly made against a local mosque. 49-year-old Preston Q. Howard of Wright City, Missouri, was indicted last week in Savannah for making threats to members of the Islamic Society of Augusta. Howard was arrested on Wednesday. He will make an initial appearance before a judge in Missouri. The indictment alleges that Howard made numerous telephone threats to the mosque between June 22nd and August 8th. In the calls, he threatened to “kill,” “shoot,” “behead,” “slaughter,” “execute,” “light on fire,” and “murder” members of the mosque, to “hunt down” and “zone in” on Muslims, and to “blow up the mosque.” The indictment against Howard charges ten counts of interstate communication with intent to threaten to injure. If convicted, Howard faces up to five years’ imprisonment on each count.

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