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We are learning new details about the man who was rescued Tuesday in Ocilla after he became trapped a top of a grain elevator. 36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundredMore >>
36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundred feet a top the grain elevator at Irwinville Peanut when his arm got pinned in the machinery. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:31:17 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:10:40 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In Georgia, you must decide. Vote in the republican or democratic primary? That's because in Georgia, the primary, a nominating process for the general election, is closed. That makes some people mad when they show up to vote and can even hurt the folks running for office.
David Maschke is hoping to serve a third term on the Dougherty County School Board. He made it through the July Primary, but just barely. Only 587 people voted in his race.
He said, "I don't think anybody predicted that low a turnout on the republican side of the ticket and it was disappointing."
But not a complete surprise. Every local race, other than the District 1 school board was on the democratic ticket. "It seems in dougherty County," said Elections supervisor Carolyn Hatcher, "the local people run democrat more than republican and that's why they wanted folks to pick a democratic ballot to vote for them."
But, as always, it stirred up frustration among folks who wanted to vote in the school board race and other races like the Sheriff or District Attorney. Hatcher said, "In Georgia, we've always had a primary where you have to decide. You have to choose. People don't like it and the only way that it be aleviated is to have these races run as non-partisan in November and not be in a primary, not be democrat or republican. That has to be changed by law."
It's a change Maschke would like to see happen for the Sheriff, District Attorney and school board. He said, "That would allow everybody to vote on all those important positions in a general election."
And he hopes the school board will look to make the change soon. He said, "I hope that we'll look back into that because I still believe as I did a number of years ago that those races should be non-partisan. It would be the best thing for the voters and for the system because more people would be involved in the decision making process."
Changing the county or school board positions to non-partisan would involve local legislation with approval from the general assembly, but the sheriff and District attorney would require constitutional changes.