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Byron sixth-grader hit by car


A Byron sixth-grader was hit by a car just after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at the corner of Main Street and Highway 49.

Police Lt. Bryan Hunter said the girl was walking to school when she was hit. The child was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia's pediatric intensive care unit, Hunter said.

The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said.


Peach County school superintendent to retire


Peach County's school superintendent is retiring. Joe Ann Denning has been in the top seat for the school system since July 2011, but her education service spans a much longer time period. She's got 44 years as an educator, according to a news release sent out today from Sara Mason with Peach County Schools.

Denning says her last day will be the end of this fiscal year- June 30.

In the news release, Denning said, "It has been an honor to serve as the Superintendent and an even greater honor to have been a part of the District for a total of 27 years. After much consideration and coming to the realization that I have accomplished my goals, I made the decision to retire. I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish. Although we are at a good point, there is still much work to be done, and I am confident that the District will continue to move ahead."

Farm bill, Ava's Law among FVSU breakfast discussion


The 32nd annual Egg and Ham Breakfast is happening today at Fort Valley State.

It's where you can talk about the latest issues affecting Georgians and eat a hearty breakfast.

Topics will include the discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill, Ava's Law and the legalizing of medicinal marijuana.

Invited guests include Rep Sanford Bishop and Senator Saxby Chambliss.

The event starts at 8 a.m. in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

Admission is ten dollars.


Fort Valley President has vision for growth


Fort Valley State's students and faculty honored their ninth president, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith during his inauguration Friday afternoon.

Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has been on the job as president since last summer, but Friday afternoon, he was formally inducted by Board of Regents Chancellor Henry Huckabee.

Congressman Sanford Bishop was one of several speakers who congratulated him.

"I am convinced that he has the vision to lead this university into an exciting, dynamic, successful future," Bishop said.

Griffith is a political scientist and a former provost at universities in New York and Virginia.

"You can put the goals into two categories: long term goals and immediate term goals," he said.

According to him, the school has already reached some short term goals since he took office last July.

Fort Valley State officially welcomes new president


He;s been on the job for almost nine months now. But Fort Valley State University will officially inaugurate Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as its ninth president this week.

The university says Griffith will be formally welcomed to the university during a ceremony on Friday morning. He began his term as university president in July.

University officials say Griffith's vision is to bolster student-initiated research, cultural diversity and global connectivity.

School officials say more than 3,000 students are enrolled at Fort Valley State University, which was founded in 1895.

Griffith is a former professor of political science and a specialist on Caribbean security, drugs and crime. He comes to The Valley after six years as provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks


If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.


GBI: Roberta argument resulted from complaint against chief


An argument at Roberta City Hall apparently happened after the mayor's husband tried to file a complaint against the police chief.

A GBI spokeswoman says he hopes to meet with the district attorney this week about the "encounter."

J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, says they're still interviewing witnesses.

It reportedly happened around 11 a.m. Saturday at Roberta's police station.

He says Jack Smith, 68, went there to file a complaint against Chief Benjamin Thomas. Ricketson was not sure about the nature of the complaint.

Smith apparently felt that the officer on duty was slow to provide a complaint form, possibly due to a computer problem, Ricketson said.

"The officer seemed to be having some difficulty," said Ricketson. "I don't think there was any intent not to do anything."