Georgia News Roundup
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Art museum at UGA to display contemporary art work

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The art museum at the University of Georgia plans to host exhibitions by two contemporary artists in conjunction with a festival celebrating music, electronic art and technology.

Exhibitions by Tristan Perick and Quayola open at the Georgia Museum of Art on March 20. The exhibitions' debut coincides with the Slingshot festival, which is spread over four city blocks and dozens of venues in downtown Athens March 19-22.

Perich is an artist and composer in New York who works in electronic sound art and other media. The museum will feature one of his machine drawings on a 60-foot wall from March 20 through Sept. 21.

Quayola is a visual artist based in London. One of his video installations will be screened at the museum from March 20 through June 20.

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Hudgens urging Georgians to change alarm batteries

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgians to use the transition to daylight saving time this weekend as a chance to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Hudgens says the annual change from standard time to daylight saving time Sunday morning is a good opportunity to make sure smoke alarms are working as they should be.

Hudgens says changing smoke alarm batteries once yearly and cleaning dust from the devices are god ways to make sure families and properties are protected in the event of an emergency. Hudgens says having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances of surviving a house fire.

Hudgens says 31 people have been killed in house fires in Georgia so far this year.

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Organizers cite cost in Redneck Games cancellation

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Organizers of the annual Redneck Games say the event has been canceled this year because of a drop in visitors and tight budgets.

Treasurer of the East Dublin Lions Club Larry Drew tells the Dublin Courier Herald a radio station that began the event in 1996 eventually stepped away from it, which left the Lions Club searching for ways to fund it.

The games grew to attract international visitors but Drew, who also serves as East Dublin city administrator, said the Lions Club wasn't able to attract the types of sponsors the radio station could.

The Redneck Games began in response to Atlanta hosting the 1996 summer Olympics.

Competitions included bobbing for pigs' feet, watermelon seed spitting, toilet seat horseshoes and mud pit belly flops.

Information from: The Courier Herald, 

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Macon-Bibb County Commission OKs animal shelter

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Macon-Bibb County Commission has approved a $2 million construction contract for a new animal shelter.

The Telegraph reports that commissioners approved the contract with a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

In November 2012, voters approved a penny sales tax referendum to pay for the new animal shelter.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Teen accused of killing grandmother with ball bat

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia teenager is accused of beating his grandmother to death with a baseball bat south of Atlanta.

Authorities say 18-year-old JeNorman Bland faces several charges, including murder.

Butts County Sheriff Gray Long tells WSB Radio that Bland is accused of chasing his grandmother through her house and repeatedly striking her with the bat. She was found dead inside her home around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Long said Bland told investigators he went to his grandmother's house asking for a ride to a nearby store, but she was getting ready for work.

It wasn't known early Wednesday whether Bland has an attorney. He was also charged with kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment, and faces a first court appearance on Thursday.

The grandmother's name wasn't immediately released.

Information from: WSB-AM.

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Police: About 50 mailboxes pried open near Atlanta

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Police in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross are searching for suspects after dozens of mailboxes were pried open at an apartment complex.

Police say about 50 mailboxes were pried open between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday at the Las Colinas Apartments on Brook Hollow Parkway.

Authorities tell WXIA-TV the suspects were driving a gray or light blue four-door SUV, and surveillance video captured one of them prying open mailboxes. WSB-TV reports that one suspect took as much mail as he could carry to the vehicle.

Norcross is about 18 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta in Gwinnett County.

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Police probe vandalism at Savannah battle memorial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged stones that honor soldiers killed and wounded in the 1779 Battle of Savannah during the American Revolution.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the weekend vandalism left as much as $25,000 in damage to the Soldiers Stone Monument at Battlefield Memorial Park. The monument features 800 granite stones that sit atop submerged pylons and represent those who died or were wounded.

Authorities say the vandals, whose tire tracks cut circles in the grass and on top of the monument, damaged more than 70 stones. They say 35 of them had to be removed completely.

The monument property isn't equipped with security cameras, but Savannah-Chatham police planned to review footage from a traffic camera on nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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