Georgia News Roundup
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Jekyll Island sets deadline to renew car passes

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Jekyll Island says residents and others who buy annual passes for cars they drive on the island state park must switch to a new type of ID tag by early October.

The Jekyll Island Authority says it's getting rid of the barcode scanners that annual pass holders have previously stuck on their cars to access the island. The new system, which reads tags placed on the inside of a vehicle's windshield, will be up and running Oct. 4.

That's the deadline for changing to a new pass, which costs $45 plus a $13 fee to install the ID tag. Annual car passes are mostly used by Jekyll Island's 800 residents and others who visit frequently year round.

Visitors are charged $6 for a daily pass to drive onto the island.

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UGA to host college fair for high school students

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is set to host a regional college fair for high school juniors and seniors.

The annual Georgia Probe College Fair is scheduled for Sept. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Classic Center. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities across the Southeast are expected to attend.

The college fair is meant to give parents, students and others interested in higher education a chance to get detailed information from specific colleges without having to travel too far.

Admissions counselors can answer questions about admissions criteria, application deadlines, financial aid, SAT and ACT requirements, and campus life.

Students and parents from more than 30 public and private high schools in Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton counties have been invited.

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Kemp declares Voter Registration Month in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Secretary of State Brian Kemp is declaring September as Voter Registration Month in Georgia.

Kemp said in a statement this week that he is working with various officials to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the upcoming general election on Nov. 5.

Georgia residents have until Oct. 7 to register to vote for the general election.

Residents can download a mail-in voter registration application on the Secretary of State's website or obtain the form at their local county elections office, public library or government offices. Registration is also offered when residents renew or apply for a driver's license.

The National Association of Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.

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Band films video where soldiers clashed in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A band producing music videos at Civil War battlefields across the country has released a video filmed at an Atlanta ice cream shop on the site of an 1864 battle.

The Battle of Atlanta left the city in flames.

Union Gen. William T. Sherman watched the fighting from his vantage point on Copenhill, the site of the present-day Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

Granville Automatic's song "Copenhill" is part of an effort to raise awareness about Civil War battlefields. The video, filmed at the Edgewood shopping center, was released this week.

The band recently filmed another video at the southern Alabama grave of Grancer Harrison, who lost several sons in the Civil War. Another video at Glorieta Pass in New Mexico recounts the 1862 battle known as the "Gettysburg of the West."

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Drivers warned about wandering cow near freeway

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Metro Atlanta drivers are being warned to be on guard for a cow with a history of wandering into traffic on a busy interstate just south of the city.

The cow sometimes grazes in the median of Interstate 675 and shows up from time to time near the highway in Clayton and Henry counties. Henry County police say 911 switchboards light up when the animal comes out of the woods to graze by the freeway.

Police suspect it has been responsible for at least one traffic accident near I-675, so they'd like to find it and catch it.

WSB-TV reports that authorities have named the animal "Kevin the Cow."

Though drivers are amused by the situation, police say they're taking the matter seriously because of the potential danger to motorists.

Information from: WSB-TV.

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Several Georgia events planned on Sept. 11 anniversary

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia town plans to dedicate a piece of a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers as a Sept. 11 memorial.

The 1,600-pound piece was given to the city of Suwanee by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two years ago.

Suwanee's dedication ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday is one of several Georgia events to mark the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks.

In Atlanta, the police and fire departments will mark the anniversary with a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the Public Safety Headquarters on Peachtree Street. Police Chief George Turner and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran are scheduled to speak.

At Milton High School north of Atlanta, about 3,000 American flags are flying to represent those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Robbers steal $10,000 in Columbus briefcase heist

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — An employee of an adult entertainment club in Columbus told police that two robbers made off with $10,000 when they snatched a briefcase from her after work.

The 55-year-old woman said the suspects darted at her from behind a large tree as she was unlocking the door to her residence shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, after work at the Foxy Lady.

Police say one suspect tore the briefcase away from the woman and ran off. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the magazine in one of the suspect's 9mm Glock handgun jostled onto the ground as the suspects sprinted away.

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Columbus to spend $1.3 million for riverbank work

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — City officials in Columbus have approved spending $1.3 million to stabilize two sections of the Chattahoochee River's banks that collapsed along the city's whitewater course.

The new whitewater rafting course opened earlier this year on the river, which separates Columbus from Phenix City, Ala.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Columbus City Council approved the money at a meeting on Tuesday.

Deputy City Manager David Arrington told councilors that a section that collapsed in March behind Chase Apartments has been stabilized temporarily but needs permanent stabilization work. At another section north of that site, about 600 feet of bank has collapsed, threatening the Chattahoochee RiverWalk in that section.

Arrington said record rainfall this year is likely a factor, and riverbank failures are a fact of life along the Chattahoochee.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Grantville gears up for 'Dumb and Dumber' filming 

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Production crews are planning to film scenes for the new sequel to the 1994 movie "Dumb and Dumber" in the west Georgia town of Grantville.

The Grantville City Council on Monday approved a request to film parts of the movie in town.

The Times-Herald of Newnan reports that filming is planned for Sept. 30 in downtown Grantville and surrounding areas, as it becomes actress Barbara Hershey's hometown in Kansas.

The newspaper reports that a mural will be painted this week on the side of the building next to the genealogical library — replacing the Coca-Cola sign.

Movie location manager Maida Morgan said the Coca-Cola sign will be re-painted after filming concludes.

Information from: The Times-Herald,

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Georgia chief suspended after visit with Arizona sheriff 

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The police chief in a west Georgia town has been suspended for a week without pay after he was criticized for not letting city officials know about a trip he made to Arizona to meet with Joe Arpaio, the sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz.

Arpaio is widely known for his tough-on-crime initiatives and unusual jail rules.

The Times-Herald reports that Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan met with the Arizona sheriff and then expressed his hopes to establish Grantville's own drug team.

City Manager Johnny Williams said the sheriff violated a policy of informing him of anything that's not routine, and he doesn't consider the trip to be routine.

The city council voted 2-1 to suspend Jordan.

Grantville Mayor Jim Sells said he's appalled at the action, and fully supports the police chief.

Information from: The Times-Herald,

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