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Americus death identified as 19-year-old, investigation ongoing

AMERICUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) released the identity of the person who died on Brookdale Drive in Americus, Georgia. The Americus Police Department contacted the GBI on Aug. 8 at around 8:25 a.m. regarding the death of one. The GBI began a death investigation, leading them to identify 19-year-old Calvin […]
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Victim identified in Americus homicide investigation

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - The victim of an Americus homicide has been identified, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The GBI is investigating the death of Calvin Jerome Smith, 19. It happened Monday on the 200 block of Brookdale Drive. Agents said the Americus Police Department asked for...
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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.

Cobb Fire Station 21 crew, 911 operator earn Lifesaver awards

Members of Cobb Station 21 in East Cobb and a Cobb 911 operator have been recognized for their efforts in helping a parent resuscitate his son during a medical emergency. The Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Department announced this the staffers are the recipients of its Lifesaver Award. Cobb...

Perry Restaurant Week starts August 12

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Perry Restaurant Week started August 12. Whether you’re going to your favorite lunch spot or wanting to try a restaurant you’ve never tried, Perry Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do it. Maggie Schuyler, Perry Chamber President and CEO, says participating restaurants...

East Cobb audiologist recognized by Cobb Young Professionals

Dr. Melissa Wikoff, the founder and director of audiology at Peachtree Hearing in East Cobb, has been named a Next Generation Award winner by Cobb Young Professionals. CYP is the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s networking and development arm for professionals in their 20s and 30s. Wikoff leads her own practice in addressing issues regarding hearing loss at 4939 Lower Roswell Road and is involved in the field nationally.

GBI investigating death of Americus 19-year-old

AMERICUS, Ga. — The GBI is investigating the death of an Americus man Tuesday. According to a release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, just before 8:30 a.m., the Americus Police Department asked the GBI for help in investigating the death of 19-year-old Calvin Jerome Smith Jr. No details...
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Veronda L. Cladd named CIS Instructor at South Georgia Technical College

AMERICUS – Veronda L. Cladd of Americus was hired as the new full-time Computer Information Systems and Networking Instructor for the South Georgia Technical College Americus campus effective immediately, announced South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford. She will report to South Georgia Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs David Kuipers and the Dean of Enrollment Management Julie Partain.

Man found shot dead inside Lee County home, investigation ongoing

LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – Lee County investigators are searching for the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing a 33-year-old man early Monday morning.  According to Sheriff Jay Jones, they received a 911 call around 1:00 a.m., Monday about a possible shooting. Deputies responded to a home located in the 200 block of […]

Georgia school bus driver killed in wreck with utility truck

THOMASTON, Ga, (AP) – A Georgia school bus driver has died after a school bus and utility truck collided Friday morning south of Atlanta. Two students suffered minor injuries. The bus driver was working for the Thomaston-Upson County school district. The Georgia State Patrol says 69-year-old Sebastian Ciarcia of Yatesville was driving. State troopers say […]
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Nine South Georgia Technical College LPN Students Receive Nursing Pins

AMERICUS – Nine graduates of the South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program received their nursing pins in a recent ceremony in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus. A crowd of family, friends, administrators, and instructors attended the event to show their support as the students participated in the traditional pinning ritual.

UPDATE: Americus homicide victim identified

SUMTER COUNTY, Ga. (WFXL) - The GBI is investigating a homicide in Americus. The homicide occurred in the 220 Block of Brookdale Drive. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Americus Police Department contacted the GBI regional investigative office in Americus and requested assistance with the death investigation. The investigation...

Commissioners appoint new Senior Services Director

Congratulations to Cobb County’s new Senior Services Director, Ioana Bovo-Nicolescu. She was officially appointed to the position at the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting after a recommendation by County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris. Bovo-Nicolescu has an extensive background with more than 15 years of experience in non-profits focusing...
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Sumter Cycling to hold Kids Bike Fest at Georgia Southwestern

AMERICUS – Sumter Cycling will be holding a Kids Bike Fest with Mayor Lee Kinnamon on Saturday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Georgia Southwestern State University. This is a free event for the entire family. Kids will learn bike safety tips, bike maintenance and there will be helmet checks and distribution.

Cobb school board chairman to hold campaign fundraiser

Cobb Board of Education chairman David Chastain, who is up for re-election in November, is holding a campaign fundraiser later this month in East Cobb. The fundraiser is Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Country Club (500 Atlanta Country Club Drive; info and RSVP link here). Chastain...
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Get N Go gets alcoholic beverage license, 2022 JAG Grant approved and purchase of new vehicle approved at BOC Work Session

AMERICUS – At its August Work Session on Tuesday, August 9, the Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a Public Hearing to discus whether or not to approve an alcoholic beverage license request from Shitalben Patel, the owner of the business named Sarika Yana, LLC dba Get N Go, which is located at 506 Highway 280 East in Americus.

Albany fugitive captured in Oglethorpe

MONTEZUMA -- Albany fugitive Scott Lee Bodiford was captured in Oglethorpe near here over the weekend. Officials with the Montezuma Police Department said they were notified that a wanted man out of Albany might be in their area. Investigators responded and located Bodiford, who had been listed by Albany police as armed and dangerous, at the Dollar General store in Oglethorpe.

GBI investigating one dead on Brookdale Drive in Americus

AMERICUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working on a homicide investigation in Americus, Americus Police confirmed to News 3. Police Chief Mike Scott tells News 3 there is one dead on Brookdale Drive. The deceased has not been identified. WRBL News 3 will continue to follow this developing story and provide […]