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IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.

Peach County woman to challenge Rep. Bishop

Peach County woman to challenge Rep. Bishop

A Houston County woman plans to run for Sanford Bishop's 2nd Congressional District seat, according to a news release.

Vivian Childs plans to announce her candidacy Monday in Byron, her release says.

She is "one of a very few African-American women in Georgia who has chosen to run as a Republican," according to her campaign.

The district includes most of Bibb county, Peach, Crawford, Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties .

Her news release does not indicate whether Childs has moved into the district. We could not reach her campaign for comment.

She is the daughter of a 28-year Navy veteran and the wife of a retired Air Force colonel, Henry Childs.

According to her personal website,Childs is a minister and runs a business that does publishing, tutoring, mentoring and GED prep.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

Crawford Middle Participates in Diamond Day

Crawford Middle Participates in Diamond Day

After being off for ten days due to rain, the BCMS softball team finally took the field for Diamond Day in Cochran.  Diamond Days are common with middle school softball and baseball programs that allow teams to face opponents from other areas.

Ben Hill County Middle School and Crawford County Middle School were the other teams participating Saturday.  Bleckley won both games, 5-2 against Ben Hill, 9-1 against Crawford.  In the Crawford game, seventh grader Dawson Greer smacked a three-run home run over the temporary fence for the Lady Barons.

It marks the first such home run in recent history for BCMS.  Greer is the daughter of Tony and Kelli Greer.  Bleckley will host Pulaski County Middle School Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.