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Columbus Georgia’s Animal Care Center’s Save-A-Pet Program Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

NEWS RELEASE Columbus, Georgia – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today Columbus Animal Care and Controls Save-A-Pet Program as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. The Save-A-Pet program is part of a cohort that includes programs from all levels of government — school…

Sinkhole swallows truck

55,000-pound truck falls into sinkhole near Atlanta

Hall County, GA (WSB) – Scary moments for the driver of a large truck near Atlanta Tuesday. The driver was parked outside an auto shop in Hall County Tuesday morning when a sinkhole opened up, causing this 55,000 pound truck to fall in it. The truck was carrying 1,600 gallons of water. Authorities plan to pump the water out of…

Talladega College marching band gets sendoff to Trump inauguration

Talladega, AL (WBRC) – One of Alabama’s oldest private historically black colleges will be in the spotlight at president elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The school’s marching band is now headed to Washington. Community members and school leaders prayed for band members at a rally before sending the college students off. The band reportedly applied to play in the inauguration before…

Boy killed, girl injured in pit bull attack

Police: Dogs maul two young children in Atlanta, killing one

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) – A man is facing charges after authorities say his dogs attacked two children, killing one of them. Authorities say six-year-old Logan Braatz and five-year-old Syrai Sanders were walking to their school bus stop in Atlanta on Tuesday morning when they were attacked. Braatz was killed, Sanders was critically wounded. Police were able to take at least…

Former president George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Fmr. Pres. George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Texas

(CNN) – Former president George H. W. Bush is hospitalized in Texas. His spokesperson says he was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday for shortness of breath. Bush’s office says he is responding to treatments and could be released “soon.” The 92-year-old has battled several health issues in recent years. He has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses…

Secret Service to pay $24M in race bias case

Secret Service agrees to pay $24 mil. to settle discrimination lawsuit by African-American agents

(CNN) – The Secret Service will settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by dozens of African-American agents. The Washington Post reports the agency has agreed to pay $24-million dollars to those agents, but without admitting any wrongdoing. The lawsuit was filed more than 16-years ago. It claimed the agency tolerated a racist culture and systematically skipped black agents for promotion. According…

Deal announces winners of Innovation in Teaching Competition

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the three winners of the 2016-2017 Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who implement innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on one of the following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education,…

Man charged in connection to several auto burglaries

1/1Photo – COLLEY, COURTNEY Show Caption Hide Caption PRESS RELEASE On Friday, January 13, 2017 Auburn Police arrested Courtney Colley, age 38 from Montgomery on twelve grand jury indictments charging him with six counts of Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and six counts of Theft of Property Second Degree. The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation…

Selling stolen clothes at local business leads to the arrest of Auburn man

PRESS RELEASE On Sunday, January 15, 2017 the Auburn Police Division arrested Antonio M. Hutchinson, age 28 from Auburn on warrants charging him with Unlawful Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and Theft of Property Fourth Degree. The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation by Auburn Police into an auto burglary that occurred on November 2, 2016…

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety SADD Grant Awards to Help Save Lives

PRESS RELEASE Columbus, GA)—As part of a continuous program to involve students in efforts to reduce injuries and death of young drivers, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) awards grants, ranging from $5,000 to $6,300, to four (4) high schools in the Muscogee County School District (MCSD). The grant funds are used to enhance existing Students Against Destructive…