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Georgia Tea Party gears up for elections

TIFTON - Tony McBrayer has always had an inkling he might want to run for office someday. But it was the rise of the anti-government tea party movement that convinced the South Georgia businessman to finally put his name on the ballot.

April 12, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Area gas dealer facing fraud charges found dead

ST. MARYS - A coastal Georgia businessman facing federal fraud charges has been found dead a month before he was scheduled to stand trial.

Capt. Greg Jackson of the Camden County Sheriff's Office said authorities found Fairley Cisco, 67, dead at his St. Marys home Thursday morning after family members called 911.

April 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Authorities bust $3.5M stash

CLAYTON - Rabun County authorities have uncovered a stash of marijuana they say has an estimated worth of $3.5 million.

Authorities estimate about 700 plants were seized from a location on North Germany Mountain Road by a team that included the Rabun County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It follows a two-month investigation.

April 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Barnes leads cash race for governor

ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Roy Barnes says he's raised more than $900,000 in the first three months of the year and has a whopping $2.8 million in the bank.

That leads the other candidates who've reported so far.

April 08, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


Bryan County weighs liquor by drink

Four restaurants currently located in unincorporated Bryan County could be allowed to sell liquor by the drink on Sunday if the Board of Commissioners and county voters okay it.

April 07, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Two members of Bryan BoE retiring

Bryan County Board of Education member Mary Warnell said Tuesday that she won't seek re-election to her District 1 seat.

April 07, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Special to the Courier | State, National


Savannah names veteran as police chief

SAVANNAH - A 36-year veteran of Savannah's police department has been named the city's first black police chief.

Mayor Otis Johnson announced Wednesday that officials have chosen 60-year-old Willie Lovett to lead the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police Department.

April 01, 2010 | Associated Press | State, National


New Middle Georgia marshal has ties to this area

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Sitting in his office on the top floor of the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building in downtown Macon, Middle Georgia's new U.S. marshal says he's come back home.

Appointed by President Obama, Willie L. Richardson Jr. has returned to the Middle District of Georgia, where he was first assigned after graduating from recruit training 21 years ago.

April 01, 2010 | By Amy Leigh Womack Macon Telegraph | State, National


Georgia senator back in hospital

ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Monday night after doctors found an irregular heartbeat during a routine appointment to check Isakson's progress in recovering from a bacterial infection.

March 31, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


High court lets death penalty case proceed

ATLANTA - A divided Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday allowed state prosecutors to seek the death penalty against an inmate who claimed his right to a speedy trial has been violated because he has waited in jail for more than two years without an attorney.

The 4-3 ruling found that a lack of funding "was not the sole factor" that delayed the trial of Jamie Ryan Weis. The opinion, written by Justice Harold Melton, concluded that Weis played a key role in delaying the trial, too, when he refused to work with new public defenders appointed to represent him.

March 26, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | State, National


Lawmakers hit crossover day

ATLANTA - Friday marks the daylong scramble for senators and representatives to keep bills in play or see their causes put off on issues ranging from transportation, ethics, education, racial profiling and abortion.

While much of the focus this year has been on the state's looming budget crisis, senators and representatives have priorities of their own. Though Gov. Sonny Perdue has had success on water conservation, his transportation plan has stalled.

March 26, 2010 | By Errin Haines Associated Press writer | State, National


Beach High faculty, staff fired

ATLANTA - A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday.

The 200 employees at Beach High School - including the principal - will work there through the end of the year but will not be rehired for that school, said Karla Redditte, spokeswoman for the Savannah-Chatham County school district.

March 26, 2010 | By Dorie Turner Associated Press writer | State, National


Vigil remembers Pembroke teens killed in wreck

Family members and friends gathered Saturday to remember three teenage girls killed in a car accident on the way to Bryan County High School in 2007.

March 24, 2010 | By Ross Blair Special to the Courier | State, National


Lottery says its having record year

ATLANTA - The Georgia Lottery Corporation recently announced record first-half profits for education. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of 2010 totaled $429,754,000, surpassing the record set last fiscal year by more than $8.49 million.

March 24, 2010 | Special to the Courier | State, National


State bill to opt out of health mandates dies

ATLANTA - Georgia waded into the polarizing debate over health care reform Monday as the Republican-controlled House rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state's residents to opt out of federal health mandates in a sweeping bill approved by Congress.

Gov. Sonny Perdue, meanwhile, blasted the federal health legislation as a "colossal unfunded mandate" and said his office was investigating "any and all legal options to challenge" the Democratic-backed measure.

March 23, 2010 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


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