ATLANTA - Courthouse gunman Brian Nichols avoided a death penalty when a Fulton County jury failed to return a unanimous sentence, but local prosecutors are encouraging their federal counterparts to bring additional charges in hopes that Nichols could still face lethal injection.
Federal prosecutors would face higher legal standards to pursue death charges against Nichols based on the fact that one of his four victims was a federal agent. And the U.S. Attorney must first begin the lengthy process of getting approval from the Justice Department.
ATLANTA - Few Georgia high schools are offering Bible classes two years after legislators made the state the first in the country to allow the topic as an elective course.
Georgia educators say students are more interested in taking SAT prep classes than Bible courses.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 - In his final trip to Iraq and Afghanistan as commander in chief, President George W. Bush brought season's greetings from "a proud and grateful nation" to deployed U.S. troops yesterday and early this morning and thanked them for their service.
The 3rd Infantry Division Band will salute local soldiers and Army families for their service, and thank the neighboring communities for support with a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Fort Stewart's Main Post Chapel.
Since its creation in late November by local students and volunteers, the world's largest crayon has made "a big splash," according to Leah Poole, director of the United Way of Liberty County.
Here are some of the issues that area residents are discussing. The statements were phoned in anonymously, so the Courier does not vouch for the veracity, nor do we know what motivated the callers:
Last weekend, several volunteers for Keep Liberty Beautiful decorated one of the Yellow Bluff cottages for the development's Holiday Open House. Our mission was to decorate in an earth-friendly fashion. We had so much fun coming up with ideas that we simply could not use them all in the attractive three-bedroom charmer that we were assigned. Several hundred people dropped by and seemed to enjoy the decorations and the organic cookies that we had available for decorating and eating. Here are some of the highlights of our "green" decorating project:
I am a huge fan of "Sex and the City," and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I own several seasons of the show on DVD, which I've watched so often I can quote them off the top of my head. When the movie version was released in May, I rushed out to see the film the day it was released. And while many critics slammed the movie, I loved it because I could relate to a lot of the issues – in particular, the scenes about the walk-in closet.
The Hinesville Gators, a U12 girls soccer team, won their age bracket's Telfair Division last month at the Savannah Recreation Cup, an event hosted by the Georgia Coastal Soccer Association.
ATLANTA - Michael Turner kept battering the Bucs. John Abraham ran right through them.
Sylar James Sawdy was born to Marie Sawdy at 5:35 p.m. on Dec. 8. Born at Liberty Regional Medical Center, baby Sylar weighed 6 pounds, 9.9 ounces and measured 19 inches.
Former Liberty County Commissioner Don Carter died Monday afternoon.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several stores and restaurants, many of which were without power. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.
Police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district, said department spokesman Gene Harley. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The New York Jets fired coach Eric Mangini on Monday, a day after a team that harbored Super Bowl hopes with five games left failed to make the playoffs.
SAVANNAH - A Savannah firefighter has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run wreck in South Carolina.
29-year-old Ryan Scott Cudlip surrendered to Bluffton, S.C., police officers Sunday morning.
Hinesville police officers attempted to track a bear within the city limits Thursday night. But shortly before midnight, they called off the search because it had disappeared into the woods.
People in southeast Georgia- especially in the Sunbury area near Fort Morris - can breath a little easier.
The May Progress Through People Luncheon, featuring Fort Stewart garrison commander Col. Kevin Gregory with the State of the Garrison address, will be at noon Thursday, May 28, at the Liberty County Board of Education Transportation Complex, 100 Technology Drive in Hinesville.
Liberty Real Estate Services held a grand opening April 30 for its new office in Ludowici.
Braden Michael Clement was born at 8:16 p.m. April 24 to Elizabeth Clement of Glennville.
As I've written before, Paul wrote, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). The Old Testament serves as a lesson to all to see how God has dealt with man and how man has dealt with God.
I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for president of the United States (or what's left of it).
Winn Army Community Hospital recently did its part to help soldiers prepare for life after the Army.
A big group of runners and cyclists will pass through Bryan County on Saturday morning for a good cause.
The Fishin' for a Cure fishing tournament, held Saturday in Long County, gave $77,000 to seven children with cancer or some other medical condition.
Brandi R. Sollosi earned Local Finance Officer Certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's financial-management training program.
A community-planning meeting will take place from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Allenhurst Town Hall, 4063 W. Oglethorpe Highway.
Adrian Bryant Martinez was born at 4:53 p.m. April 23 to Ariel Martinez and Fernando Martinez of Fort Stewart.
Getting math right for the students and teachers of Georgia has been a priority of mine since day one. One of my first actions as your state school superintendent was working with the State Board of Education to provide a needed choice between integrated mathematics and traditional discrete mathematics (with assessments to match each option) for our schools.
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