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Man charged in Clifton Ridge marijuana candy case

JONES COUNTY, Ga. — The Jones County sheriff now says five students ate marijuana candy at Clifton Ridge Middle School this week, and one of them became sick. Sheriff Butch Reece also says they've arrested an adult who allegedly left that candy around the home, where a 12-year-old found it and took


Severe storms, heavy rains wash out roads, down trees across north Georgia

ATLANTA - Another line of storms moved through parts of the metro Friday after a fast-moving storm system produced tornado warnings and watches in the morning. We continue to receive reports of damage throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. There are thousands of power outages and the number con


NWS: Tornado touches down in Southeast Georgia

A line of severe thunderstorms and a tornado barreled across Southeast Georgia on Friday, leaving a trail of damage, including the front facade of a furniture store in Kingsland ripped off by high winds and a tractor-trailer blown over on the causeway to St. Simons Island.


Georgia Governor Brian Kemp says he's not concerned about backlash from the "heartbeat" bill

The "heartbeat" bill in Georgia has not yet been signed by Governor Brian Kemp but the governor told reporters Thursday night in Liberty County he's not concerned about reported backlash from the film industry. The bill would prevent an abortion at six weeks or when a heartbeat is detected.


Deadly April storm leaves trail of damage across Florida, Georgia

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A line of severe thunderstorms and possible tornados barrelled across North Florida on Friday morning, leaving at least one child dead and a second injured near Tallahassee. The front facade of a furniture store in Kingsland, Georgia, was ripped off by high winds and a tractor-t


Tornado watch issued for Big Bend, Georgia counties

A Tornado watch has been issued for Tallahassee, western Big Bend and several southwestern Georgia counties until 9:00 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service of Tallahassee says the watch also includes other parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.


Police arrest local man for stealing truck

A Milledgeville man was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the theft of a truck belonging to a local business, as well as for a vehicle break-in, The Union-Recorder has learned.


Bill expands HOPE time limit

ATLANTA – Aspiring students will have a few more years to use Georgia’s HOPE scholarship funds with a bill that is now sitting on the governor’s desk. “Sometimes life just gets in the way,” said Rep. Rick Williams, a Republican from Milledgeville, who is the sponsor. “And we need people to be able t


Georgia man set foreclosed mansion on fire, cops say

A Georgia man allegedly set his former mansion on fire months after the residence went into foreclosure, authorities said Thursday. Stanley Stephens, with help from Donald Luallen, set fire to the 5,900-square-foot home in the northern town of Rome on Feb. 10, police said. No one was hurt in the fir


Georgia Department of Revenue Updating System; Motor Vehicle Department Closed May 23rd-May 28th

The Georgia Department of Revenue will install a new system for motor vehicle registration, and as a result, local offices will not be able to process motor vehicle transactions for several days at the end of May.


Human trafficking in Georgia

ATLANTA (WJBF) - Also called modern day slavery, human trafficking affects millions of lives -- and unfortunately Georgia is one of the leaders in the number of people trafficked.


Tornado watch issued for parts of south metro until 9 a.m.

ATLANTA - Showers and a few storms are moving through north Georgia right now. A severe thunderstorm watch has been canceled for much of the metro area. Just before 3 a.m., a tornado watch was issued for Troup, Meriweather, Pike and Upson counties and locations south.


Man wanted on first-degree arson charge in Georgia captured in Talladega County

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested a Georgia man earlier this week on a fugitive from justice warrant stemming from a charge of arson in the first degree in Floyd County, Georgia.


Georgia Power reports about 33,000 customers without power across state due to storms

As of 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Georgia Power reports 31,115 customers are without power after storms swept across the state. About half of those customers are located in the Coastal Empire.


High Speed Pursuit That Began In Summerville, Georgia Ends In A Crash In Gaylesville, Four Suspects Arrested

A high speed chase that began in neighboring Summerville, Georgia ended at the Gaylesville four-way stop after the suspects vehicle crashed into a wooded area behind the old Gaylesville Store.


Judge chooses Putnam Co. as trial site

EATONTON, Ga. — A judge has decided that Putnam County will be the site for the November death penalty trial of Donnie Rowe, an incarcerated state inmate accused of killing two corrections officers nearly two years ago during an escape from a prison transport bus.


Georgia school system on lockdown due to threat

A threat to a north Georgia elementary school led the district to place all four of its schools on lockdown, Thursday. Cartersville City Schools posted a message on its website that it made the decision after receiving a threat to Cartersville Elementary School. They added that they didn't know the


Jones County parents worried after student allegedly brings marijuana candy to school

MACON, Ga. — Some parents in Jones County are worried after district leaders say a student brought marijuana candy to school. Sabrina Burse spoke to them and a doctor to find out how the edible form of marijuana could affect children, and what parents need to know.


Now Hiring: Central Georgia Job Openings (April 18)

Here are this week's featured job openings provided by the Georgia Department of Labor. Requirements: HS diploma/GED and two years of experience. This position is an entry level operator position in the Paper Mill. This position is responsible for making equipment adjustments, cleaning the equipment


Jones County Sheriff reporting high number of car break-ins, two stolen cars

JONES COUNTY, Ga. — The Jones County Sheriff's Office says they had at least 12 car break-ins reported and two cars stolen, just from Wednesday night. A post from their page on Facebook says the car break-ins and car thefts happened around Highway 57 near Cauley Road, Tidwell Drive, and Rockingham P