The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Monday named Dr. Brooks A. Keel, 53, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, president of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Two Republicans, former state Rep. Buddy Carter (District 159) and Dr. Billy Hair, a former Chatham County Commission chairman, are competing for the District 1 State Senate seat.
Former State Rep. Buddy Carter (District 159) and Dr. Billy Hair, a former Chatham County Commission chairman, are competing for the District 1 State Senate seat.
BRUNSWICK - A jury deliberated for about two hours Monday before finding a Georgia man guilty of murder and child molestation in the death of a 6-year-old boy whose body was later discovered wrapped in trash bags and dumped near a road.
The jury in coastal Brunswick convicted David Edenfield, 61, in the March 2007 sexual assault and choking death of young Christopher Michael Barrios.
ATLANTA - Mercer University President William D. Underwood named state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, to the Board of Governors for the Mercer School of Medicine in Savannah. As a member of the board, Stephens will provide counsel to the president of the university on the direction of Mercer's Savannah Medical School. He will help recruit students, assist in planning campaigns and offer advice on the operation and governance of the school.
BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man on trial for molesting and slaying a 6-year-old boy says "I should be punished" after looking at photos of the boy's dead body in a videotaped police interview shown in court Thursday.
David Edenfield, 61, faces the death penalty if convicted of the March 2007 slaying of Christopher Michael Barrios, whose body was found in a trash bag dumped near a road.
ATLANTA - Georgia's top court has rejected an appeal seeking to block a $2 billion plan to build the state's first new coal-fired plant in more than two decades.
The Georgia Supreme Court's decision is a setback for a coalition of environmental groups seeking to derail the Longleaf Energy Plant in southwest Georgia. The coalition also has support from the Rev. Joseph Lowery and other civil rights groups.
BRUNSWICK - Jurors in a Georgia courtroom Wednesday heard a horrific videotaped confession from a man who admitted he and his adult son stripped, sexually assaulted and strangled a 6-year-old boy inside a mobile home as the child pleaded with them to stop.
"He said 'I'm going to tell my daddy and my grandma,' and George choked him," 61-year-old David Edenfield said in the videotape, referring to his son, 34-year-old George Edenfield. David Edenfield later admitted helping strangle the boy.
BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man is about to stand trial in the 2007 molestation and slaying of a 6-year-old Brunswick whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag and dumped by a road.
David Edenfield is the first of three suspects to be tried in the slaying of Christopher Michael Barrios. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
SAVANNAH - Imperial Sugar Co. and managers of its Georgia refinery ignored known dangers of explosive dust for decades before a chain of dust-fueled fireballs erupted at the plant last year and killed 14 people, investigators said in a report Thursday.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates industrial accidents, said it found written warnings of explosive dust hazards in refinery memos from the 1960s and that the deaths likely could have been prevented by routine housekeeping.
Candidate qualifying for special elections to fill the unexpired terms of state Sen. Eric Johnson (District 1) and state Rep. Buddy Carter (District 159) will end at noon today.
ATLANTA - Docile creeks turned into surging rivers and rivers into raging floodwaters as storms raking the Southeast for days dropped up to 20 inches of rain, killing six people and leaving communities under water.
"Any rain that fell has no place to go," said Georgia climatologist David Stooksbury said Monday. "This rainfall on top of already saturated soils really made the situation worse."
ATLANTA - Portions of interstate highways in the Atlanta area were closed to traffic because of flooding during Tuesday morning rush hour.
The state Department of Transportation reported that a portion of Interstate 285, Atlanta's perimeter highway, was closed in Cobb County at a bridge crossing the Chattahoochee River.
ATLANTA - The death toll in Southeast flooding has reached eight after rescuers found the body a 15-year-old boy in northwest Georgia after days of heavy rain turned docile creeks into surging rivers and rivers.
The teen's body was found in the Chattooga River on Tuesday morning.
POOLER - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today that Mitsubishi Power Systems will locate a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Savannah, ultimately creating 500 jobs and investing $325 million.
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