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Senate candidates give economic views

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.

October 19, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Man guilty of murdering Brunswick boy

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.

October 06, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmaker named to Mercer School of Medicine board

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.

October 05, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Boy's accused killer says he deserves to be punished

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.

October 02, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


High court clears way for coal-fired plant

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.

October 01, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Prosecutor: Boy begged for his life

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.

October 01, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Trial beginning in Brunwick boy's slaying

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.

September 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Chemical group blames Imperial for blast

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.

September 25, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Qualifying for Senate, House seats ends Wednesday

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.

September 23, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Rain to continue; ease some

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."

September 22, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Portions of interstates closed in North Georgia

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.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Flooding death toll now at 8

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.

September 22, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


'Megasite' plant to create 500 area jobs

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.

September 21, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Area senator resigns seat

ATLANTA - Savannah Republican Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he is resigning from the state Senate to focus on his campaign for governor.

"I am fully committed in my race for governor and find that I am not capable of being a full-time senator and servant first and a full-time candidate and do not want to leave my constituents behind," Johnson said at a news conference under the Capitol rotunda.

September 16, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Death penalty sought in Brunswick killings

BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others in their Georgia mobile home before he cried in a frantic 911 call "My whole family's dead."

A Glynn County grand jury on Monday indicted Guy Heinze Jr. on eight counts of malice murder, one count of attempted murder and two drug possession charges.

September 15, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


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