Frankie Thomas is still waiting on about $3,500 from his state taxes and doesn't like having to "go through the dickens to get your money that you've already paid for."
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's Public Service Commission backed down from its decision to elect its own chairman and double the length of the post's term Tuesday after the state's top attorney said it had no authority to do so.
But a majority of the five-member body made it clear they would keep the debate alive by voting to table the issue rather than reverse it. The defiant trio said they are not bound by the attorney general's opinion and would again urge lawmakers to change the rules.
In a historic stop in Liberty County, Gov. Sonny Perdue promised crowds at Savannah Technical College on Friday the state will bounce back from a stagnant economy.
Gov. Sonny Perdue is scheduled to be in Hinesville Friday around noon at the Savannah Technical College campus on Airport Road for a statewide business and housing expo. Liberty County is one of the six locations participating in the event, which is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gov. Sonny Perdue is reportedly scheduled to visit Hinesville Friday at the Savannah Technical College campus on Airport Road.
State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, didn't mince words when discussing the happenings - or lack thereof - at this year's state legislative session.
MARIETTA - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes wants his old job back.
Barnes, who previously served just one term, made the announcement surrounded by family at a news conference Wednesday in Marietta. The Democrat says he wants to improve education and transportation and says he's learned from past mistakes.
ATLANTA - Georgia's top judge is weeks away from retiring, but first she must deal with a funding crisis that could bring the state's courts to a standstill.
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears last week called Gov. Sonny Perdue's order to cut the funding for state agencies for the month of June "unconstitutional."
ATLANTA - An ATM manufacturer is bringing 2,000 jobs to Georgia.
NCR Corporation is expected to announce plans to relocate its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, at a news conference outside the capitol Tuesday. Gov. Sonny Perdue will be on hand to welcome the company to Georgia.
ATLANTA - The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of checking whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that became the subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November's election.
In a letter released on Monday, the Justice Department said the state's voter verification program is frequently inaccurate and has a "discriminatory effect" on minority voters in Georgia.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Puerto Rico judge sentenced the son of a convicted killer to 105 years in prison Monday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a pregnant Georgia tourist who made a desperate phone call to her fiance from the trunk of her assailant's car.
The judge imposed the sentence on Eliezer Marquez Navedo in a courtroom in Fajardo, the eastern coastal city where he ambushed Sara Kuszak in February while she jogged alone along a remote road. She was about five months pregnant.
The Department of Natural Resources has named Fort Morris Historic Site in Sunbury to a list of state sites that will be forced to reduce hours and services because of a recent 39 percent reduction in state funds and a 24 percent projected loss of revenue.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The lawyer for a 26-year-old man accused of fatally shooting two young men in Georgia said Wednesday he will fight extradition because he believes his client will not receive a fair trial in the southern U.S. state.
Michael Registe is accused of the July 20, 2007 execution-style killings of two college students in Columbus, Georgia's third-largest city. His St. Maarten-based attorney, Remco Stomp, claims he would not be treated fairly in Georgia's courts because he is black.
ATLANTA - Georgia hopes to turn the old World of Coca-Cola building into a fancy new state history museum, but the dire economy has put those plans on hold.
The state bought the building for $1 million after Coca-Cola left for a new museum two years ago. Gov. Sonny Perdue had tapped $15 million in his budget to renovate the site, which sits just a stone's throw from the state Capitol.
ATLANTA - Georgia's parks are being hit with steep budget cuts that will hike fees and cause some sites to reduce their hours just as the summmer recreation season gets underway.
The plan includes keeping the colonial-era Fort Morris at Sunbury closed most days of the week. We'll have more on how the cuts will hit the east Liberty County attraction in Friday's Courier and on the Web after that.
This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he will give his fortune to charity, joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and other uber rich benefactors. It seems like the wealthy are, admirably, giving away their fortunes left and right to good causes.
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.
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.
A regional Emmy Award-winning historical documentary more than a decade in the making and shot in North Carolina has a local connection.
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.
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.