Georgia News Roundup
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UGA receives grant to fund peanut-related research

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Peanut Commission has awarded about $256,000 to the University of Georgia to fund various peanut-related projects.

University officials said this week that the research will focus on several areas including breeding, weed control, pest management, marketing and policy in an effort to support the state's second most valuable row crop. Officials say the crop was worth more than $891 million in 2012.

The state's average peanut yield last year was the second highest in history, following a state record in 2012. A national study found peanut yields increased 23 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Officials say Georgia's peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward Georgia Peanut Commission programs, which include research, promotion and education. Officials say research comprises 22 percent of available funds in the commission's budget.

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DeKalb County police to honor fallen officers

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — DeKalb County police say they're planning to honor fallen officers during a ceremony in downtown Decatur.

Officials say the department will recognize fallen officers from several DeKalb County jurisdictions and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's police department at the DeKalb Historic Center on Wednesday morning.

Organizers say Officer Ivorie Klusmann, who was killed in the line of duty Aug. 10, 2013, will have his name added to the Fallen Officer Memorial. Klusmann's name will be the 41st addition to the memorial, and organizers say the ceremony will include a 21-gun salute and a helicopter flyover.

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GSU preparing for 99th commencement ceremony

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University is preparing to host its 99th commencement ceremony this weekend.

Officials say more than 5,000 bachelor's, master's and specialist graduates will be honored at the ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. Two-time Olympic bobsledding medalist Elana Meyers-Taylor is scheduled to address students during Saturday's ceremony.

A separate hooding ceremony for Ph.D graduates is set for Friday evening at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta. Law school graduates will also have a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Georgia State Sports Arena.

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Police arrest Georgia murder suspect hiding in tree

LANETT, Ala. (AP) — Police in an Alabama town say they apprehended a Georgia murder suspect who they say was found hiding in a tree.

Lanett police say D'Vontavious Williams is wanted on a felony murder charge in connection with the killing of a store clerk and a robbery in Union City, Georgia, on April 28.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that officers arrested him Tuesday in the eastern Alabama town about 80 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Lanett police say they received information that Williams was hiding in a housing unit, and they began searching for him in two Lanett Housing Authority areas.

Police say he was eventually found hiding in a tree in a playground behind one of the apartment complexes and surrendered without incident.

Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, 

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State parole board elects chairman, vice chairman

ATLANTA (AP) — A former state representative has been elected chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The board on Tuesday elected Terry Barnard of McIntosh County as chairman.

Barnard has served the past two years as vice chairman of the parole board. He was first appointed to the board by Gov. Sonny Perdue in May of 2010.

The board this week also elected James Mills of Gainesville as vice chairman. Mills was appointed to the Parole Board by Gov. Nathan Deal in November 2011.

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Man killed, wife missing in central Georgia

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Police in central Georgia are investigating the slaying of a man and also searching for his wife, who they fear might have been abducted from the couple's lakeside home.

Putnam County authorities say they went to the home of Russell and Shirley Dermond, in the Great Waters community on Lake Oconee, around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Friends of the Dermonds who had gone to the house found a body believed to be that of 88-year-old Russell Dermond, Putnan County Sheriff Howard Sills said. The body was found in the garage of the home, WMAZ-TV reported.

Shirley Dermond, 87, was not at the home, and investigators believe she may have been abducted, The Telegraph newspaper reported.

"We haven't had a murder in Putnam County I know in, oh my, probably eight or nine years," Sills told the Macon TV station. "We virtually have no crime in the community where this occurred."

The sheriff said the crimes are believed to have happened sometime between Friday and Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of Russell Dermond's death.

Shirley Dermond is described as 5-feet-2-inches tall and 148 pounds. She has grey hair and blue eyes.

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Georgia VA hospital agrees to allow Christmas carols

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A private school in Augusta whose students were banned from singing some Christmas carols at a VA hospital says a new agreement will allow the songs to be sung during the upcoming holiday season.

Alleluia Community School administrators say they've been assured by Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center that students will be able to sing their carols -- including those with religious content -- within the hospital.

In December, the hospital announced a stricter stance on its policy banning carolers from singing religious Christmas music in public patient areas. As a result, the students were prevented from singing songs such as "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

The Augusta Chronicle reported the agreement this week (

The VA said in a statement that it welcomes the school carolers.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , 

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