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3 men sentenced for killing protected hawks, owls in Jasper County

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina hunting preserve is paying $250,000 in restitution after three of its employees pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing hawks and owls to improve quail hunting.
Wood storks head to Augusta no longer endangered

Once feared by scientists to be extinct by the year 2000, wood storks are flocking in record numbers to the swamps, wetlands and coastal marshes in Georgia and South Carolina.
Across the region

TAYLORSVILLE, GA. - A Georgia state trooper has been treated and released from a hospital after an ambulance carrying him from a crash overturned Sat­urday in northwest Georgia.
Disease killing Georgia's bats

ATHENS, Ga. - A killing disease that's devastating bat populations is now working its way east and south through Georgia.
Georgia trout streams should have plenty of fish

Georgia's seasonal trout streams open Saturday, but the Wildlife Resources Division hasn't finished with its trout stocking program.
Local birdwatchers aid in effort to save Rusty Blackbird

Once one of the most common land birds in North America, the Rusty Blackbird's drastic 95 percent decline over the past 40 years has puzzled biologists and prompted a nationwide call for help.
Cabela's mourns loss of co-founder and patriarch Dick Cabela

Even as it prepares to open its first store in Georgia, Cabela's is also mourning the loss of co-founder and patriarch Dick Cabela, who died last week at his home in Nebraska.
Antlered does do exist

Antlered does, he said, are quite rare, but they do turn up occasionally.
Low river flow means choices for Augusta Canal users

Lower flows into the Savannah River will require similar reductions in the volume of water diverted into the Augusta Canal."Now that they've gone down to 3,100 cubic feet per second, it does present some problems," Augusta Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said. The Army Corps of Engineers recently cut flows from Thurmond Dam into the river from 3,800 to 3,100 cubic feet per second to conserve water in the drought-parched reservoir.
Across Georgia

ATLANTA - Evans GOP Rep. Ben Harbin is the new co-chairman of the Georgia Technology Authority Oversight Committee. House Speaker David Ralston made the appointment Thursday.