Mystic, GA

61-year-old charged with two counts of child molestation

A 61-year-old man from Douglas, identified as Ethan Rogers, was recently arrested on two counts of child molestation by officers from the Coffee County Sheriff's Office. A CCSO deputy reported that on July 29, he was dispatched to a Douglas residence and spoke to a woman who said Rogers had molested her child the previous night. The victim spoke to the deputy and reported that she was at a friend's house and was riding a four-wheeler with Rogers after he "insisted" he ride on the same ATV as her.
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GBI makes another arrest in shooting of death of Savion McRae

The GBI arrested Travion Snell, age 22, of Douglas, on August 3, 2022, and charged him with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault in relation to the shooting of Savion McRae that happened on June 18, 2022. Shamond Campbell, age 18, of Douglas, was previously arrested for Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault. Campbell and Snell are at the Lowndes County Jail. Rodarious "Rod" Swanson, age 24, is still wanted on the charges of Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault.

Three teens arrested for stealing guns from Fitzgerald firearms store

FITZGERALD, Ga. (WALB) - Fitzgerald police have arrested three teenagers for driving a stolen truck through the walls of Broome’s Firearms store, and then stealing several guns from the store. The break-in took place at Hills Midtown Mall Plaza in Fitzgerald. The police department hasn’t released how many or...
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Dr. Hopper, new primary care physician at Atlas

Dr. Russ Hopper, M.D. is now a practicing physician at Atlas Internal Medicine and has just started his medical career this week. Dr. Hopper is a 2012 graduate of Crisp Academy and grew up in the city of Pitts. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in genetics at the University of Georgia located in Athens. Dr. Hopper attended Mercer for his Doctor of Medicine degree and recently finished his three-year residency within family medicine at Piedmont Columbus Regional. “I finished up at the end of June,” said Dr. Hopper, “and I just started this week.” Dr. Richard Stevens, M.D., also from Atlas Internal Medicine, mentored Dr. Hopper. “He has helped me get to this point,” said Dr. Hopper, “So it seemed like a good fit all the way around.” Dr. Richards Stevens assisted Dr. Hopper with rotations for his education and degree completion.

Pair receives Southwell scholarships

TIFTON – Southwell recently awarded scholarships to Ainsley Toews and Alexis Braselton, two local high school graduates. Toews was the Recipient OF the Southwell Scholarship for Future Healthcare Professionals. Ainsley’s involvement in the high school’s HOSA chapter, Southwell’s Junior Board of Directors, and Southwell’s Junior Volunteering program sparked an interest for her in a career in health care. During the fall semester of the 2021, Ainsley interned with the high school’s health science department.

ABAC welcomes first female president

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - On Wednesday, students, staff and faculty of ABAC welcomed their new president for this upcoming school year. Dr. Tracey Brundage is ABAC’s first female president. Prior to ABAC, Brundage had a successful career at Keystone College in Pennsylvania where she served as their president for...

26-year-old dies in drowning incident in Berrien County

A 26-year-old man is dead after a reported drowning in Berrien County on Friday afternoon. Shortly after 7 p.m., on August 5, deputies responded to the Alapaha River on highway 135 at the Berrien Atkinson County Line for a possible drowning. A man at the scene told Deputies that he...

One arrested, four wanted for RICO charges

The Douglas Police Department has charged five individuals with RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) and various white-collar crimes. Georgia law says a person may be charged with RICO (O.C.G.A. 16-14-4) if they participate in an interrelated pattern of criminal activity motivated by or resulting in monetary gain or economic or physical threat or injury.

New Faculty Members Prepare for ABAC Fall Semester, Classes Begin on August 15

TIFTON—Eight new faculty members will begin their first fall semester at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College when classes begin on Aug. 15. The new faculty members include C. Adam Anderson, lecturer of mathematics; Dr. Andrew S. Peal, assistant professor of jazz and music theory; Marti B. Schert, lecturer of choral and applied voice; Dr. Jeb. E. Sharp, assistant professor of English; Madison M. Thornhill, lecturer of business; Dr. Wally H. Woods, III, assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management; J. Ridge Harper, lecturer of education; and Michael C. Bowen, a parttime business instructor.