Ga. below average in heavy drinking

...levels of heavy drinking in 2012 (9.7 percent of residents in both counties). Baker County, a sparsely populated South Georgia county, experienced the fastest rise in heavy drinking between 2005 and 2012, increasing 60.6 percent, according...

School officials bemoan lack of college tracking

...Thompson said. NIKOLAOS HUTTO, the lead recruiter for South Georgia State College who attended Westside's college fair...unfamiliar with the process. I had one senior ask if South Georgia State was in Athens."Cross Creek High School guidance...

Vehicle arsonist sought in south Ga.

ALBANY, Ga. - Georgia fire investigators are on the hunt for a serial arsonist who has been setting cars on fire.

Legal challenge to private probation firms moves into federal court

...private probation firms Judicial Alternatives of Georgia and Middle Georgia Probation, which serve multiple courts in south Georgia.The lawsuits challenge the constitutionality of Georgia's law, which allows local courts to contract with private...

Ga. man shoots armadillo; ricochet hits mother in law

LEESBURG, Ga. - Authorities say a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known...

Death haunts mother who can't get answers

...claims she begged the center to take him to the hospital, but it wasn't until June 18 that Cornelius was taken to South Georgia Medical Center after running a fever for a few days, according to the state investigation. He would stay there until...

Augusta attorney reaches out to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder regarding lawsuits against Sentinel

...Long asks Holder to investigate the use of private probation companies, a growing industry, especially in the South.Georgia has more than 1,000 courts responsible for misdemeanor offenses, which includes nearly every traffic violation...

Georgia suffers big drop in federal road funds

...said that has real implications ? for example, delaying improvements to a major freight corridor on Highway 84 in south Georgia. Planning and design for future projects also stops when expected federal funding doesn't come through, he said...

Pulitzer winning Ga. reporter dies

ATLANTA - In a 1962 article, New York Times reporter Claude Sitton described a voting rights meeting at a south Georgia church that was interrupted when the sheriff and his deputies entered, demanding information. One smacked his heavy...

Dwight Bagwell Sr.

...family members. He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph D. Bagwell. Dwight was President of the student body at South Georgia College, a member of Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority from 1977-1986, Chairman of the Young Insurance...