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October 14, 2017 - 12:00 am


Former Decatur City Schools chief finalist for Georgia post

(Information from: The Decatur Daily,

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia school system has named former Decatur City Schools superintendent Dan Brigman as the sole finalist in its search for a superintendent.

The Laurens County Board of Education on Thursday chose Brigman over 35 other candidates. Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Ronda Hightower says the board will wait 14 days before voting to hire him.

The Decatur Daily reports Brigman abruptly resident March 18 after serving 10 months of a three-year contract in Decatur City. He was unavailable for comment Friday.

Before coming to Decatur, Brigman was superintendent of Coffee County schools in Tennessee, and of Macon County and Catawba County, both in North Carolina. If he Laurens County hires him, it would be his fifth stop as a superintendent.

Laurens County is midway between Atlanta and Savannah.



As Atlanta's airport grows, smaller airports lose passengers

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — A new report shows that airports in large cities are gaining passengers — and smaller towns are losing them.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that some smaller airports are shrinking in passenger traffic as large airports grow even larger. That's according to a new industry report by Airlines Council International.

The report found that the world's airport "mega-hubs" such as Hartsfield Jackson-Atlanta International Airport grew 5.5 percent year-over-year in 2016.

Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest in terms of passengers, continues to grow — though not as fast as hubs in Asia and other places around the globe.

At the same time, the report found that 27.4 percent of small airports lost traffic over the last 10 years. That includes airports that started with fewer than 1 million passengers 10 years ago.



Koch Foods to build $0 million feed mill in eastern Alabama

ROANOKE, Ala. (AP) — One of the nation's largest poultry producers will build a $40.5 million feed mill in eastern Alabama. reports that Koch (COKE) Foods will build a plant in Roanoke to produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of Koch's Pine Mountain, Georgia, processing plant.

A county official says the plant will hire 27 fulltime employees and 19 truck drivers with a total annual payroll of $2 million. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Roanoke Mayor Mike Fisher lauded the work of the city, Randolph County Commission and development authority in landing the project.

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield called the announcement a "major investment."


Georgia deer season open to hunters with bows, muzzleloaders

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Deer season has opened in Georgia for hunters using bows and muzzle-loading guns.

The hunting season for Georgians using so-called primitive weapons started Saturday. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is giving those hunters a full week before the regular deer season for hunting with rifles opens statewide.

The state agency says nearly 42,000 hunters took advantage of the primitive weapons season last year and brought in nearly 6,000 dear.

Charlie Killmaster is a state deer biologist with the Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division. He says hunters need to remember they are required to report their kills to the state.

Georgia's main firearms hunting season for deer opens Oct. 21 and runs through Jan. 14. The state DNR says about 320,000 hunters took part last year.


Man once sentenced to death gets life for killing teen

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A man whose South Carolina death sentence was overturned after he wasn't allowed to represent himself has been found guilty again and sentenced to life in prison for killing a Georgia teen in 2001.

Solicitor Rick Hubbard says an Edgefield County jury deliberated an hour Friday before convicting 38-year-old Steven Barnes.

Authorities say Barnes ordered 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup, of Augusta, Georgia, beaten with a pipe before being shot in the head in September 2001.

Investigators say Sturrup's killing went unsolved for three months until a dog found a skull with a bullet hole.

Authorities say Barnes ran a teen prostitution ring where clients were robbed after having sex.

Barnes used lawyers in his trial.

Hubbard says Charlene Thatcher pulled the trigger. She is serving 20 years in prison in Georgia.


4-H center director arrested on child pornography charge

(Information from: The Times,

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — The director of a 4-H center in Georgia has been charged with possession of child pornography.

The Gainesville Times reports that 48-year-old Paul Travis Williams was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the University of Georgia Police Department. An announcement from the sheriff's office said law enforcement officials received a cyber tip showing that suspected child pornography had been uploaded from inside the Wahsega 4-H Center, where Williams also lives.

Officers found one of the uploaded images on a hard drive during a Sept. 15 search of the center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Williams is being held, with bail set at $10,200. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.



'You are my slave:' School's Civil War Day sparks mom's ire

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A new battle line has formed in the national debate over Civil War flags and symbols.

This time, it's at a Georgia school not far from a mountaintop where Confederate soldiers fired their cannons at Union troops more than a century ago.

The school near Kennesaw Mountain last month invited fifth-graders to dress up as characters from the Civil War.

The mother of a 10-year-old black child says a white student dressed as a plantation owner approached him and said, "You are my slave."

Corrie Davis says she wants Cobb County school officials to understand the pain that caused her son. She also wants Big Shanty Intermediate School to stop the annual Civil War dress-up day.

Davis plans to speak out at the next scheduled school board meeting Oct. 26.


Police: Man arrested after 2 shot in separate incidents

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a man shot two people — one over a bag of energy bars and one who gave him $5.

Police spokesman John Chafee told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Elijah Payton was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the two shootings. It's unclear if Payton was charged.

Officer Donald Hannah says Oliver Jesse gave Payton $5 on Monday after Payton said he was homeless. The group of men Jesse was with started running when Payton pulled out a gun. Jesse was shot in the stomach and is hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say Payton shot Vincent Hayward in the thigh Sept. 16 after Hayward refused to turn over a plastic bag of fig energy bars and a cellphone charger. Hayward ran away and was hospitalized for treatment.


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