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  • Man pleads in Mercer student murder

    Man pleads in Mercer student murder

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 15:54:11 GMT
    MACON, Ga. (AP) - A week before his trial was set to begin, the man accused of killing and dismembering a law school classmate in Macon has pleaded guilty to malice murder.    Local media report that 28-year-oldMore >>
    28-year-old Stephen McDaniel reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the June 2011 slaying of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings of Laurel, Md. Giddings had just graduated from Mercer University Law School and lived next door to McDaniel.More >>
  • Men burglarize defunct Holley School

    Men burglarize defunct Holley School

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:36:24 GMT
    Sylvester Police arrested two men for stealing items from a Sylvester school that closed several years ago. Lt. Ronnie Graddy of the Sylvester Police Department says that late Friday afternoon, Lt. TracyMore >>
    Lt. Ronnie Graddy of the Sylvester Police Department says that late Friday afternoon, Lt. Tracy Jones noticed a red pick-up truck backed up to the old Holley Elementary School building, on Carter Road in Sylvester.More >>
  • Americus runner back in Boston

    Americus runner back in Boston

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:06:25 GMT
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to win another title but also give hope to others. @ ThisMore >>
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to beat her current record but also give hope to others. More >>

Voters in several south Georgia counties went to the polls Tuesday.

A liquor by the drink referendum was on the ballot in Quitman. It passed 121 to 100.Restaurants who pay for special permits will be able to sell alcoholic drinks.

The city of Alapaha has a new mayor.Mayor Joel Dixon resigned and moved away not long after winning re-election last year.

Waymond Smith will replace him after narrowly beating Phillip Hoffman.Smith resigned his seat on the Alapaha city council to run for mayor. Now, his brother will replace him.

Timothy Smith defeated Kenneth Griner in the Post 3 race.

Dawson city council member Gail Rakel will remain in office after an unusual re-vote. She defeated Willie Lou Williams.In November she lost to Williams by one vote, but a court ordered the election be held again because some people voted in the wrong ward.

Voters in Ben Hill County overwhelmingly approved an extension to the local option sales tax. It's expected to bring in more than $15.5 million that will be split evenly between the county and the City of Fitzgerald.

An easy win for the sales tax in Crisp County. Of nearly one thousand voters, only 63 voted no.

A sales tax referendum in Thomas County, however, did not pass. It would have raised money for a new courthouse.It lost by just 21 votes.

posted by brian.russell@walb.com

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