JONESBORO, Ga. — Police are trying to figure out what happened to a man whose body was found in a closed fitness center south of Atlanta.
The body was found shortly after noon on Wednesday at the now-defunct Hoops and Fitness athletic center on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities believe the man was in his mid-30s to mid-40s. He hasn’t been identified.
Few other details were immediately available.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say two teenage boys are facing charges in connection with a threatening note found in a boys’ restroom at Gainesville High School.
Gainesville police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said one of the teens has been charged with terroristic threats and acts, interference with government property and disruption of a public school.
He said the second juvenile is charged with making false statements during the investigation.
A North Augusta man lost his pickup Wednesday morning after leaving it unlocked with the keys in the ignition to grab a quick cup of a coffee from a local convenience store, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The theft occurred about 8:40 p.m. at Circle K, 2999 Washington Road.
According to the incident report, the victim, a 52-year-old North Augusta man, went inside the food mart for four minutes to purchase a cup of coffee. When he returned, the vehicle, a 1987 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck valued at $2,000, was gone.
An Augusta man who killed two women in a drunk-driving crash has been paroled after serving half of a prison term imposed in 2003.
David Wallace Fulcher’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit the afternoon of July 30, 2002, when he plowed into the back of Hattie Umoh’s vehicle as she waited at a red light at Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway. Her vehicle was crushed between Fulcher’s pickup truck and a dump truck.
Charles Maddox walked into the classroom at the Augusta public library headquarters and pointed warily at the laptop computer on the table.
“I don’t know nothing about that,” he said.
The trial of a Dearing man accused in the 2011 slaying of his ex-wife who was dragged several miles after her death is scheduled for mid-January.
According to McDuffie County Superior Court officials, Ricky Charles Wells’ trial is scheduled for Jan. 14-17 in McDuffie County. Wells and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, of Boneville, are charged in the Sept. 29, 2011, death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.
Following the lead of fire departments across the state, the Augusta Fire Department has plans to introduce a reserve firefighter program.
The department, which employs more than 300 firefighters, requested the reserve program – scheduled for a summer start – in its 2014 budget. The Augusta Commission approved its budget Tuesday night, and Fire Chief Chris James said he is waiting to hear from the city finance department about the more than $374,000 he requested for the program.
Think “Washington County football,” and the House of Pain, deep playoff runs, Takeo Spikes and state title shots come to mind.
This year’s group is close to having a can’t-forget-that-team year.
For the 10th time since 1992 but the first time since 2006, the Golden Hawks are playing in the state semifinals, as Class AAA Washington County is home against Ringgold Friday at 7:30 p.m. Washington County is one win away from playing for its first state championship since 1997.
The NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer national championships are returning to the area in a two-day event this week.
Blanchard Woods Park in Evans will play host to the two final four championships starting Thursday. The two women’s semifinal games will begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The men’s semifinal games begin at 5 and 8 p.m.
Championship games are Saturday. The women’s final begins at 11 a.m., and the men play at 2 p.m.
A play in the regular-season finale at Barnwell sums up perfectly the bond between Silver Bluff stars Gyasi Yeldell and James Jacks.
It was fourth down, and the Warhorses went for it with a running play. But Yeldell, a defensive lineman, and Jacks, a linebacker, were having none of it.
“He (Yeldell) took on two blocks and left me free to make a stop on fourth down,” Jacks said. “It’s unselfish football. We’re out there as a team. We’re not out there for stats, it’s for the win.”
ATLANTA — State officials are searching for a replacement after the resignation of Georgia’s child advocate, Tonya Boga.
Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says a panel of seven people has already been put together to handle the search for her replacement.
Robinson says the group has met once by conference call this week and plans another meeting later this month. Robinson says he expects a replacement to be named sometime in January.
COLUMBIA — A state board has approved paying $286,000 toward the salary of Clemson University’s incoming president.
Clemson announced last month that Jim Clements will take the job in January. The board agreed to match Clements’ salary of $775,000 at his current job as president of the University of West Virginia.
Tuesday’s vote by the Agency Head Salary Commission means taxpayers will fund about a third of that. Private funds will provide the rest.
STATESBORO, Ga. — Statesboro voters for the first time have elected a woman to serve as mayor.
The Statesboro Herald reports 51-year-old Jan Moore won a close runoff election Tuesday night. Unofficial results show she defeated opponent Jonathan McCollar by fewer than 100 votes out of 1,867 mayoral ballots cast.
WINDER, Ga. -- An investigation into an alleged cheating scandal at the Winder Police Department resulted in four people losing their jobs and another initially placed on administrative leave getting reinstated and named interim chief.
In a statement released Tuesday night, Winder Mayor David Maynard said the investigation resulted in the resignations or dismissal of Chief Dennis Dorsey, Lt. Frank Farr and officers Joey Lovinggood and Randel Michael.
The allegations stemmed from improper testing procedures during a physical agility test.
ATLANTA -- Would-be ATM thieves crashed a sport utility vehicle through the front doors of a Buckhead pharmacy before daybreak this morning.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the incident happened about 4 a.m. at the CVS store in the 3600 block of Peachtree Road.
Police on the scene told Channel 2 Action News that the burglars were apparently trying to steal the store’s cash machine, but fled after having trouble loading the ATM into the back of the SUV and getting the vehicle stuck in the doorway.
Don’t get scammed opening your heart – and your wallet – this holiday season.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp warns people to do their research before giving to charitable organizations to ensure their contributions help a worthy cause.
“Charitable donations have the most impact when given to groups that spend responsibly,” Kemp said in a news release. “Advance research can do a lot to ensure gifts are being used properly.”
ATHENS, Ga. -- Nobody knew it then, but the fabric of time and space shifted 50 years ago today — at least in the football-crazy world of Athens and the University of Georgia.
That day, Dec. 4, 1963, Vince Dooley became UGA’s football coach, making all of $15,500 a year, including the extra money he got for a weekly TV show during football season.
ATLANTA — Atlanta’s airport is reporting an increase in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving weekend, saying more than 1.8 million people passed through between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2.
That marks a 5.6 percent increase over the year before at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest.
Airport General Manager Louis Miller says the travel season went smoothly and noted the Atlanta airport saw an increase despite a decline in air travel nationally.
ATLANTA — Police say a man struck and killed by a car along Interstate 285 was changing his tire along the freeway.
Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said he had pulled over in the shoulder of the freeway near the Cascade Road exit around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the driver who hit the man stopped. It's unclear whether that motorist will face charges.
The man who was killed was later identified as 54-year-old Dwight Moody of Covington.
Daren Flores adjusted the plastic firefighter’s helmet his daughter, Willow, wore as they waited for the start of the Augusta Fire Department’s Badge Pinning Ceremony.
Less than 30 minutes later, the 6-year-old was on stage with her dad, adjusting a shiny badge adorning his firefighter’s uniform.
Flores was among 36 new recruits sworn in at the Boathouse Community Center on Tuesday.
From January to July, the recruits trained with the department to earn certifications as firefighters and emergency medical technicians.