Monticello, GA

UPDATE: Several hospitalized after accidents on I-75, lanes back open

UPDATE (7:15 P.M.) – All lanes of I-75 S are now back open after multiple accidents left multiple people injured Wednesday afternoon. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anna Lewis says the accidents are still being investigated. “Multiple injuries were reported, ranging from minor to intermediate, and multiple individuals were transported...
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Forsyth woman gets DUI charge in wreck

A Forsyth woman was arrested on DUI charges after Cpl. Timothy Kendrick was dispatched to Hwy. 41 N regarding an accident on Sept. 13 around 8:46 p.m. According to the incident report, the driver of a 2018 Toyota Highlander, April Davis, 40, of Forsyth, was sitting in her damaged vehicle behind a Ford F250 truck with a loaded trailer attached.
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Indecent exposure in the Walmart parking lot, and more

Forsyth police Sgt. David Asbell and officer Richard Maddox responded to Walmart regarding a disturbance on Sept. 5 and while enroute, dispatch notified Maddox that one of the parties involved had left in a white Chevrolet Cruze with red wheels. When Maddox got to the stoplight in front of Walmart, he saw a vehicle matching the description and stopped it at the rear entrance to Days Inn on Lee Street.
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Overturned vehicle on Hwy. 41

A Forsyth woman escaped injury after flipping her 2005 Toyota Corolla on Hwy. 41 Tuesday afternoon. The driver, who Forsyth police identified only as Mrs. Watkins, was checked at the scene but did not need an ambulance. She was northbound on Hwy. 41 when she lost control and overturned near the railroad tracks near the old Monroe Academy, said Forsyth police officer Kim Barnett. (Photo/Steve Reece)

Newton County Jail Blotter

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardons and Parole:. • William L. Anderson, 55, Hazel Street, Porterdale; three counts of creating, possession, etc. of child pornography; possession of...
Covington News

Covington police charge teens after 75 car burglaries reported

COVINGTON, Ga. — Police say they believe two Covington teens were among a group that entered and stole from more than 70 vehicles countywide earlier this month. Tremayne Hill, 18, and Mekhi Nickols, 18, both of Nixon Circle in Covington, were being held in the Newton County Detention Center today on charges related to a rash of thefts from vehicles inside the city.

Roswell investor to build 50 affordable homes in Douglasville mobile home park

Roswell-based Forrest Street Partners continued its recent investments in metro Atlanta with the acquisition of the 78-lot Dogwood Blossom Mobile Home Park in Douglasville. The boutique real estate investor plans to infill 50 vacant lots with new three-bedroom, one-bathroom homes as part of its mission to increase the supply of affordable housing, according to a press release.

Former inmate says Dubose shot both officers

EATONTON, Ga. — Billy Ralston had never witnessed a murder before June 13, 2017. The former inmate, who served a nearly 10-year prison sentence for a child molestation conviction, testified Tuesday afternoon that he was one of the 33 inmates onboard a state prison transfer bus when he witnessed the horrifying crime.

Opening statements reveal how corrections officers were murdered

EATONTON, Ga. — During opening statements Monday in the death penalty murder trial of Donnie Russell “Whiskey” Rowe Jr., one of the lead prosecutors described in detail how the two officers were gunned down aboard a prison transport bus more than four years ago in Putnam County before Rowe and a co-defendant escaped.
Macon Telegraph

‘We were all terrified.’ Jurors view video of deadly 2017 Georgia prison bus escape

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of two killings. Four years, three months and nine days after Georgia prison corrections officers Curtis Billue and Chris Monica were gunned down as they ferried 33 inmates toward the state penitentiary near Jackson, video and audio recordings of the final two hours of their lives were played for jurors in the death penalty trial of one of their alleged killers.

Tony Orlando to visit Forsyth kin, play at Fine Arts Center Saturday

Success came early for Tony Orlando who will be appearing in Forsyth this Saturday evening, September 25 at the Fine Arts Center. He was only 16 in 1961 when he first hit the charts at #39 with “Halfway to Paradise” which was also the first hit song written by Carole King. His other memorable hits include, “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”. “Halfway to Paradise” is also the title of his autobiography.

Matt Corbitt is World Amateur Sr. Champ

Matt Corbitt of Bolingbroke has collected a number of trophies over the years, and he just added another very impressive one as he became the 2021 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Senior Gross Champion the first week of September. Corbitt played his way to the top spot in a division that had 1,200-1,300 competitors.

McDonough Teen Among First to Graduate Navy Flight School

Damon Benson is a 17-year-old finishing out his senior year at Eagle’s Landing High School in McDonough, Georgia who took time during the summer to complete an intensive eight-week aviation program rather than hang out with friends. Completing the program, Benson earned his private pilot’s license. Benson attended a summer flight academy at Delaware State University. The JROTC program is […]

Sailor from Jackson deployed in the South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA - Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Aiden Peisel, from Jackson, participates in color guard practice aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). Benfold is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deanna Gonzales)
Morgan County Citizen

Developer pulls out of Rutledge subdivision project

The developer behind a proposed 70-acre subdivision near downtown Rutledge has withdrawn his application. According to a letter dated Sept. 13, 2021, and signed by Spencer Knight, former Rutledge mayor and owner of Elgen Homes, Inc., the proposed subdivision is now off the books. “I am withdrawing my rezoning application...