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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


Former judge pleads to corruption

MACON - A former Superior Court judge pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge Friday after striking a deal to avoid prison, ending a lengthy legal battle that toppled him from his post as one of rural Clinch County's most powerful politicians.

Prosecutors' agreement to drop 13 charges against Brooks E. Blitch III - and to seek probation instead of a prison sentence - stunned U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, who took a 20 minute break to decide if he would accept the deal.

September 12, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Robert Redford to shoot movie in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Robert Redford has chosen Savannah as the shooting location for his post-Civil War film about a woman who was hanged for aiding the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, city officials announced Friday.

Savannah's department of Tourism and Film Services said Redford plans to direct the movie "The Conspirator" this fall in Georgia's oldest city.

September 12, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Cumberland Island to be on quarter

ATLANTA - Cumberland Island has been chosen to represent Georgia on a new series of quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint.

The series of quarters featuring national parks and other sites will be issued starting next year. Each U.S. state and territory will be represented in the series.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Trails for area getting closer

The Liberty County Commission blessed a project that will soon link parts of Coastal Georgia with the rest of the East Coast through a recreation project spanning the height of the country.

September 09, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | State, National


Warrants: Brunswick victims were beaten

BRUNSWICK - Arrest warrants for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others in their mobile home say the victims were all beaten to death with a blunt weapon.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Perdue appoints former Hinesville mayor to council

ATLANTA - Former Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe has been appointed to the Coastal Regional Commission Council of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

September 07, 2009 | Staff report | State, National


Man who called in killings, charged for them

BRUNSWICK - The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father's mobile home.

After a week working a case so murky they could not say whether a killer was on the loose, police said Guy Heinze Jr. was responsible for the slayings he reported and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder. Among the dead were seven of his relatives, including his father.

September 05, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


Man arrested after slayings granted bond

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man who reported "My whole family's dead!" in a frantic 911 call, then was arrested on charges of evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession, was granted bond Wednesday in his first court appearance.

Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was taken into custody hours after police Saturday found the bodies of seven people inside the family's mobile home. An eighth person later died at a hospital and the lone survivor, a young child, remains in critical condition.

September 02, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Brunswick slaying victims named

BRUNSWICK - The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in coastal Georgia included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said Tuesday.

September 02, 2009 | By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum Associated Press writes | State, National


Frantic 911 caller: 'My whole family is dead'

BRUNSWICK - A frantic caller told authorities he had just come home to find several relatives apparently beaten to death and another barely breathing, according to a 911 tape released Monday from the weekend attack at a mobile home park in southeastern Georgia.

"My whole family is dead!" screamed Guy Heinze Jr., 22. "It looks like they've been beaten to death. I don't know what to do, man."

August 31, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National


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DOT sets hearing on pipeline in RH

The Georgia Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on the controversial Palmetto Pipeline project on April 21 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

April 01, 2015 | Special to the Courier | State, National


How one entrepreneur started a $3 million business from prison

As a young man, Frederick Hutson was very enterprising. In his early 20s, he figured out a clever way for his friends to transport marijuana across borders using shipping containers and vacuum-sealed units.

March 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National


Area men have ties to Emmy-winning film

A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.

March 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | State, National


Offshore drilling meeting draws interest

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An article about the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's "scoping" meeting on offshore drilling held March 24 in Savannah incorrectly characterized the 50-mile buffer. That buffer is only for exploration off the Atlantic coast, not other coasts such as the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska. Also, the term "Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement" was incorrectly stated in the article.

March 26, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | State, National


Obama extends troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the original drawdown plan, saying it will help Afghan security forces succeed during the upcoming fighting season.

March 26, 2015 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | State, National


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