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Oh, the places they'll go

Oh, the places they'll go

    Ogeechee Technical College handed out more than 1,000 degrees, diplomas, certificates and GED diplomas to more than 350 students during its commencement Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse on Georgia Southern University’s campus. Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a certified peer counselor with the Amputee Coalition of America, was the keynote speaker.

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Marty Waters case: One year later

Marty Waters case: One year later

           It’s been more than a year since Dr. Ken LeCain took over as principal at Statesboro High School.

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Updated: may. 24, 2015 9:50 a.m.
World War II bomber pilot focuses on big picture

World War II bomber pilot focuses on big picture

Paul Grassey, who piloted a baker’s dozen B-24 bombing runs over Europe during World War II and helped get the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force off the ground, talks in detail but focuses on the big picture of war and remembrance.

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Update: Police locate Oliver children

Update: Police locate Oliver children

Thanks to publicity on news outlets and social media, the four Oliver children were turned over to other family members by the parents and then given to the Department of Family Chidlrens Services, Jared Akins, chief deputy for the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, said Saturday afternoon.

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Updated: may. 23, 2015 5:40 p.m.
Another honor for the late Dr. Leila Denmark

Another honor for the late Dr. Leila Denmark

The legacy of Portal’s Leila Alice Daughtry Denmark will be honored yet again, this time with the naming of Forsyth County’s sixth high school.

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'Be a catalyst of hope'

'Be a catalyst of hope'

 A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings gave graduates a message of hope and inspiration Thursday evening during the Ogeechee Technical College 2015 Spring Commencement ceremony.

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Wheelchair-bound man killed in Screven crash

Wheelchair-bound man killed in Screven crash

A fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer in Screven County Wednesday afternoon took the life of a man riding a wheelchair from Augusta to Savannah to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

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BOE rejects superintendent’s personnel list

BOE rejects superintendent’s personnel list

The Bulloch County Board of Education split 4-3 over a vote on personnel last week, rejecting an entire list of recommendations from Superintendent Charles Wilson.

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Brunson returns to Statesboro police

Former Statesboro police major Scott Brunson, who appealed his termination last month, will return to the department as a detective, Brunson’s attorney Dan Snipes confirmed Wednesday.

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City adopts new water and sewer billing rules

City adopts new water and sewer billing rules

New rules that Statesboro City Council approved Tuesday restrict water bill adjustments for city employees and their families but also provide a waiver of late charges for customers with previously spotless five-year payment histories.

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Woman critical after crash

Woman critical after crash

A crash that closed a portion of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Wednesday morning resulted in a Statesboro woman being airlifted to a Savannah hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

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Portal responds to wastewater violations

Portal responds to wastewater violations

Portal city officials are working towards improving wastewater disposal and maintenance issues after the Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandated changes following an unpermitted discharge and sewage spill.

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DOT commissioner denies Palmetto Pipeline certificate

Georgia Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry issued his decision Tuesday, denying Kinder Morgan a certificate that would have given the company power to force the sale of easements of private land to build the Palmetto Pipeline.

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One legend tells of another

One legend tells of another

The Bulloch County Historical Society hosted a special guest speaker Monday at its May lunchtime meeting. Highly esteemed and well-known in Bulloch County, William James stepped up to the podium to expound on his accomplishments in this area.

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A boot to local economy

A boot to local economy

Local tourism promoters and hospitality businesses hope that the Georgia Soccer State Cup Final Four, expected to bring nearly 2,500 people to Statesboro the last weekend in May, is a foretaste of more late-spring and summer sports events in the future.

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Man pleads guilty, gets life for Oak Hill murder

Man pleads guilty, gets life for Oak Hill murder

One of three men charged in the January 2014 murder of a woman during a home invasion robbery was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

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Suspect known in Newington shooting death

Suspect known in Newington shooting death

While an arrest has not been made, authorities know the identity of a man suspected in the May 8 shooting death of a Newington man at his home.

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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Shifting education focus critical to our future

Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Shifting education focus critical to our future

            Next week hundreds of excited and well prepared high school seniors will graduate from Bulloch County schools and enter the next phase of their lives.

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Marathon bombing survivor to speak at Ogeechee Tech graduation

Marathon bombing survivor to speak at Ogeechee Tech graduation

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott will offer the keynote address Thursday evening during Ogeechee Technical College's spring commencement ceremony.

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GSU trombonist selected for Disney college band

GSU trombonist selected for Disney college band

Eric Spencer, a junior trombone performance major from Augusta, Georgia, will spend 11 weeks this summer performing with top college musicians from around the country after winning the jazz trombone soloist chair in the 2015 Disneyland All-American College Band.

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Updated: may. 17, 2015 9:01 p.m.
How to build your dragon

How to build your dragon

Brian Burns walks into his lab — room 2113 in the engineering building on Georgia Southern University’s campus — and comes face to face with a dragon.

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Updated: may. 17, 2015 9:01 p.m.
Pipeline decision expected

Pipeline decision expected

           Whether the Kinder Morgan company receives eminent domain to force easements of private land for the Palmetto Pipeline is now in the hands of Russell R. McMurry, Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner.

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Updated: may. 17, 2015 9:00 p.m.
Historical Society meeting Monday at Nessmith-Lane

Historical Society meeting Monday at Nessmith-Lane

           The Bulloch County Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting a week earlier in May, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Normally the fourth Monday, the Society will meet this coming Monday — the third Monday — at 11:30 a.m. inside the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the campus of Georgia Southern.

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GOP delegates back religious liberty bill

GOP delegates back religious liberty bill

    ATHENS — Georgia Republicans on Saturday backed passage of a state law preventing government infringement on religious beliefs, which opponents say could be used as a shield for discriminating against gay or transgender people.

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VA clinic evolving, growing

VA clinic evolving, growing

Open two years and two months as a “telehealth” clinic, the Statesboro VA Clinic on Northside Drive is now transitioning to have a full-time doctor see veterans in person for primary care.

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Census test unique to 20 counties of Ga., S.C.

Census test unique to 20 counties of Ga., S.C.

The real, national census isn’t until 2020, but this is Census Awareness Weekend here in 20 counties of Georgia and South Carolina involved in the 2015 Census Test.

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American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90 has new leader

American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90 has new leader

The incoming post commander for Statesboro’s American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90 has a handful of ideas to help the organization grow.

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A ‘Renaissance’ for Statesboro park

A ‘Renaissance’ for Statesboro park

Thursday’s dedication of Renaissance Park on Statesboro’s west side took on the feel of a gospel revival as residents celebrated the Bulloch County Historical Society’s commitment to making the park a vibrant part of the community once again.

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Food bank trailer stolen

Food bank trailer stolen

The director of the Statesboro Food Bank is offering a reward for the return of a utility trailer stolen from the premises sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. If a tip leads to an arrest, he will double the offer.

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Cats rescued from deplorable conditions

Cats rescued from deplorable conditions

An Ellabell-area woman faces eighteen counts of inhumane treatment of animals after humane officers removed several cats from her Live Oak Loop home Thursday.

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Statesboro businessman Holmes Ramsey charged with jury tampering

Statesboro businessman Holmes Ramsey charged with jury tampering

         Statesboro businessman Holmes Ramsey, who owns the University Plaza adjacent to the Georgia Southern University campus, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with criminal attempt of embracery, which is jury tampering.

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Updated: may. 14, 2015 2:17 p.m.
Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was going 106 mph

Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was going 106 mph

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, federal investigators said Wednesday.

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More lawsuits filed in fatal crash

More lawsuits filed in fatal crash

Parents of three of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed in a fatal seven-vehicle pileup in April filed wrongful death suits Tuesday in Bryan County superior and state courts. One of two surviving students also filed suit, according to attorneys representing all four families.

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Burns moves into role as Georgia House majority leader

Burns moves into role as Georgia House majority leader

An office closer to the gold dome comes with the job of majority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, so Rep. Jon Burns was in Atlanta Tuesday, moving his office contents from the second floor of the Capitol to the third.

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Man resists arrest

Man resists arrest

A man caught stealing from woman’s car punched her, tried to steal her car and fled, but sheriff’s deputies caught him after a short chase. They used a Taser to subdue the man, who screamed that they should have killed and beaten him “like they do on TV.”

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Man sentenced in fatal wreck

Man sentenced in fatal wreck

A Bloomingdale man involved in a fatal crash that killed a Brooklet couple will serve eight years in prison for two counts of first degree homicide by vehicle.

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City Council alcohol law work session rescheduled  to May 27

City Council alcohol law work session rescheduled to May 27

Originally scheduled for today, Statesboro City Council rescheduled a work session on a proposed new Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance to May 27 at 3 p.m.

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Flags for Habitat

Flags for Habitat

Flags will fly in Statesboro and around the nation this Memorial Day as a way to show patriotism and honor fallen soldiers.  

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Sheriff's investigators search for missing Ellabell man

Sheriff's investigators search for missing Ellabell man

Sheriff's investigators are still seeking the whereabouts of a disabled man who has been missing from an Ellabell home since Thursday.

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Farmers’ eyes in the sky

Farmers’ eyes in the sky

            As AgriView Systems, Eric Hendrix and other members of his family operate the only Georgia dealership for AgEagle, a Kansas company that makes robotic aircraft, popularly know as drones, specifically for farming applications.

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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Next step for Willingway's Jimmy Mooney

Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Next step for Willingway's Jimmy Mooney

           Statesboro has many claims to fame. From Blind Willie McTell, Emma Kelly, Erk Russell, Braswell Food Company to the greatest little university in America.

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The making of a 'legend'

The making of a 'legend'

Georgia Southern assistant professor Jason Knowles has an ambitious project planned for the 20 film students in his summer Multimedia and Film Production class.

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Budget bonus for Georgia Southern

Budget bonus for Georgia Southern

The state budget that Gov. Nathan Deal ceremonially signed Monday on Georgia Southern University's Sweetheart Circle includes $1 million for the university's new manufacturing engineering degree program and financing for a $33-million classroom building.

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2 slain police officers mourned in Mississippi town

2 slain police officers mourned in Mississippi town

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One was a decorated "Officer of the Year." The other was a proud recent graduate of the academy who had wanted to be a policeman since he was a boy.

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The traveling swing dancers of the Southeast

The traveling swing dancers of the Southeast

    Every year in April, a three-day dancing event invites people to swing into spring — literally.

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Updated: may. 10, 2015 9:17 p.m.
You can get fit while you sit

You can get fit while you sit

    The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department offers an adult program exercise class called Sit Fit. Sit Fit is an exercise class designed for individuals 50 years of age and older, although people of all age levels are welcome.

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Updated: may. 10, 2015 8:27 p.m.
Renaissance Park dedication set for Thursday afternoon

Renaissance Park dedication set for Thursday afternoon

The dedication of Renaissance Park in west Statesboro is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with refreshments being offered at the park located at the intersection of West Jones Avenue and Parker Street beginning at 5 p.m.

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Paulson field switching to artificial turf

Paulson field switching to artificial turf

        Already the subject of a major expansion before the 2014 season, another substantial change could be coming to Paulson Stadium in the near future.

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Council member pays tax penalties after inquiry

Council member pays tax penalties after inquiry

        Statesboro City Councilman Will Britt did not pay $2,074 he identified as penalties for late city property taxes for 2010 and 2011 — until last week, while the GBI is investigating possible mishandling of funds at City Hall.

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Judge B. Avant Edenfield, 1934-2015

Judge B. Avant Edenfield, 1934-2015

           Friends and colleagues Saturday remembered U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield as a hard-working and intelligent lawyer and judge. Edenfield died in a Savannah hospital early Saturday morning at the age of 80 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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