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Georgia House speaker resigns

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's powerful House speaker resigned Thursday after a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist.

Glenn Richardson, the state's first GOP speaker since Reconstruction, had won sympathy from even his political enemies when he revealed last month that he attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. But then his ex-wife went on TV and accused him of having "a full-out affair" with a lobbyist while they were still married.

December 03, 2009 | By Shannon McCaffrey Associated Press writer | State, National


Buddy Carter sworn in as Georgia senator

Georgia Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter was sworn in as a state senator on Sunday at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Work starting on Jekyll's newest park

The Jekyll Island Authority has announced the bid to construct the first phase of the new Great Dunes Park was awarded to Southern Wilderness Construction in Edison.

November 30, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Savannah police probe 28th murder

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham police are investigating two shootings, including one that resulted in the area's 28th homicide this year.

November 30, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National


Ossabaw research papers available

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Historical Society recently announced it will open the Ossabaw Island and Torrey family papers archival collection for public research.

November 28, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Roy Barnes: I'll put Georgia back on track

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes made a brief social appearance in Midway on Wednesday evening.

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


Concerted Services annual meeting Friday

Concerted Services' 43rd annual meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the First United Methodist Church in Waycross.

November 18, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Driver's license office closed Nov. 19

All Department of Driver Services offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 19, for a furlough day.

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | State, National


Carter elected in a rout

Former state Rep. Buddy Carter got 85.61 percent of the Liberty County vote for the District 1 state Senate seat in Tuesday's special election. In sharp contrast, Carter's opponent, Dr. Billy Hair, received 13.92 percent of the county's vote.

November 06, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


Health care plays role in Senate race

Candidates for State Senate District 1, Buddy Carter and Dr. Billy Hair, face off in a special election Tuesday.

November 02, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


GSU gets new president

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Monday named Dr. Brooks A. Keel, 53, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, president of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

October 28, 2009 | Special to the Courier | State, National


Senate hopefuls talk taxes, economy

Two Republicans, 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 21, 2009 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | State, National


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


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