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Heat expected to continue

ATLANTA - The hot weather that's moved into Georgia is expected to continue for the next few days, and the National Weather Service says it may get even warmer.

The weather service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 90s to about 100 for most of the state with some chance of showers or thundershowers Monday, with not much change on Tuesday. Some areas in the mountains should be a few degrees cooler.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | State, National


Bryan Co. man, Savannah guard accused of having sex with 13-year-old

A former Chatham County Sheriff's deputy living in Bryan County was arrested last week after reportedly admitting to molesting the 13-year-old daughter of his best friend with whom he was living with in Ellabell.

June 09, 2010 | Bryan County News | State, National


Texting behind wheel banned

In an effort to cut down on techno-savvy drivers' deadly distractions, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill last week banning texting while driving and cell phone use behind the wheel by teen drivers.

June 09, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Richmond Hill men get state appointments

Bryan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed has been appointed to serve on the state's Public Health Commission.

June 07, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Lawmakers give scoop on state budget woes

The last two years have not been easy for lawmakers when it comes to balancing budget, and it's only likely to be more difficult in the years ahead.

June 07, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Governor signs tax overhaul

ATLANTA (June 4, 2010) - Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers' (R-Woodstock) Property Tax Assessment and Appeals Reform Bill (SB346) was signed into law today by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

June 04, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Regional sales tax for road projects now possible

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a long-awaited transportation bill on Wednesday that will allow Georgia voters to decide whether to hike the sales tax to pay for roads and infrastructure.

The legislation, three years in the making, divides Georgia into 12 regions and will ask voters during the 2012 presidential primary whether to hike the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for roads, bridges and rail projects in that part of the state. Only those regions that approve the sales tax increase would have the money to spend.

June 03, 2010 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National


Terrell County sheriff sentenced to jail

ALBANY - Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens will spend five days in jail and pay a fine after a judge determined he ignored an order to bring inmates to court.

Judge Dane Perkins says Bowens intentionally created a lack of personnel on a day inmates were due in court. Perkins says Bowens then claimed he didn't have enough workers to transport inmates safely. The Sheriff's office has 32 employees.

June 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Governor to sign seabelts in pickups law

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue is preparing to sign legislation requiring adults riding in pickup trucks to wear seat belts.

Perdue is scheduled to go to Dalton, Ga., to sign the measure Thursday afternoon.

June 03, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


No charges expected in murder-suicide

Authorities are expecting no charges – and little if any other information – to come out of the investigation into a murder suicide early Tuesday morning at 20500 Hwy. 144 in South Bryan.

June 01, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


Lt. governor candidate to speak at banquet

Carol Porter, Democratic candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor, will be the keynote speaker at the Liberty County Democratic Committee's Annual Awards Banquet.

May 31, 2010 | Staff report | State, National


Murder, suicide suspected in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL -- Authorities say a South Bryan man killed his wife, fired shots at a nearby home and set fire to his home before killing himself early Tuesday.

May 26, 2010 | By Lewis Levine Special to the Courier | State, National


Pembroke officer shows up in rap video

The Pembroke police officer that landed a brief spot in a rap video out of Savannah has no ties to any gangs, according to Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe.

The appearance of Sgt. Billy Gray in the video for the song "Savannah Anthem," which posted to YouTube on May 14, was really just an unintentional bad idea on the part of the video's director, Crowe said.

May 21, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


DOT seeking millions for high-speed rail planning

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation board has decided to seek more than $16 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to plan rail projects, including a passenger line that would loop around the eastern half of the state.

A committee of the board recommended asking for federal grant money on Wednesday, and the full board approved making the request on Thursday.

May 20, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Dogs found alone in RH home, owner charged

County law enforcement and animal control officials on May 11 rescued more than a dozen dogs and puppies that had been living alone in a Wellington Oaks subdivision home in Richmond Hill.

May 20, 2010 | By Lori Wynn Special to the Courier | State, National


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