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Peach school board wants SPLOST for new high school


Peach County's superintendent says the district needs a new high school.

The current school was built in the early 1970s and is made up of seven small buildings. Daryl Fineran, the superintendent, says having so many entrances and exits can be a safety hazard.

"Our bus loading areas are right there where the student parking is, which is right there where kids are walking across to go home," he said. "Infrastructure is not up to code in terms of handicap accessibility."

To build the new school, the board is hoping to raise $32 million through an education special purpose local options sales tax, or SPLOST.

"It's not a new tax, it's a continuation of the current one cent tax and we've been doing it for years," Fineran explained.

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Man denied bond for Crawford County burglary


Michael Quincy Godwin, 35, appeared before a Magistrate judge on Friday and was denied bond.

Godwin is charged with multiple counts, including burglary in the 1st degree and three counts of theft by taking automobile.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office said Godwin allegedly tried to enter a home by saying he was law enforcement on February 26. Godwin reportedly fled the house and stole a white Chevrolet pickup truck that later wrecked.

Deputies arrested him after responding to a call of a burglary in progress later that night.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office are still investigating.


Blue Bird now a publicly traded company


Peach County's largest employer, Blue Bird, is now a publicly traded company.

Wednesday was their first day of trading on NASDAQ, starting $9.97 per share.

"After 88 years something new happens, we've become public," said CEO and President, Phil Horlock, who stood in front of Blue Bird's first bus as a reminder of how far they've come. Now they've pushed the company's logo to the New York Stock Exchange.

This comes five months after the company was sold to Texas Investment group, Hennessy Capital, for about $500 million.

Hawkinsville house fire may be arson


A fire that destroyed a 109-year-old Hawkinsville home may be arson.

Hawkinsville Fire Chief Leslie Sewell said the fire hit the vacant home at 30 Progress Ave. around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

He said an officer on patrol noticed smoke from the house and fire was shooting through the roof when crews arrived.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 4:15 a.m., but Sewell said the house was a total loss.

He said the home has not been legally occupied since an elderly woman who lived there died a couple of years ago. He said investigators suspect arson because there was no electricity or utilities hooked up at the home.

No one was injured.

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Crawford County High fight caught on camera


A mother of a Crawford County High school student is angry about how the school handled a fight her son was involved in Thursday.

Cellphone video captured the fight between the two students at Crawford County High School.

Crawford County School Superintendent John Douglas says it happened during school hours on Thursday.

"I received a phone call from the school saying there was a fight and Awstin was "not right" were the words they used and that I might want to come and get him," said Kasey Henley.

She said her son, Awstin Anderson was injured.

Henley called police wanting to report the fight.

She said when she met with the officer at the school, the student accused of injuring her son was leaving campus.

Henley said she questioned assistant principal Cynthia Dickey about that.

Roberta woman shares Obamacare success story at White House


A Central Georgia woman who wrote a letter to President Obama got to speak with the commander-in-chief at the White House Tuesday.

Naomi Rosan Davis of Roberta was one of 10 people invited to meet with President Obama, to share how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act health insurance plan.

Davis is an organic farmer, who wrote the President in June 2014 describing her health-care struggles.

She says she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in high school, which she managed with diet and exercise.

Davis later began to experience excruciating pain in her hip and knee, and could barely do her daily tasks, like pulling weeds or standing at her booth at the local farmers market. According to a White House press release, Davis said she visited her doctor, but without health insurance, she couldn't afford the X-Rays or surgery she needed. She could only afford to temporarily treat her pain.

Protesters rally against Affordable Care Act in Byron


ID=22664839About a dozen protesters were on an I-75 overpass Saturday, waving American flags and signs calling for change.

It happened on the overpass of Exit 149 into Byron.

The group, called Overpasses for America, says they were representing a variety of Conservative issues, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the institution of the Fair Tax, and calling for the impeachment of President Obama.

Protest leader Early Shay says the group was expressing its constitutional rights.