Georgia News Roundup
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Traffic jams expected near Fort Gordon

FORT GORDON, Ga. (AP) — Officials at Fort Gordon in Augusta say staff furloughs have led to the closure of two gates and are likely to create traffic jams.

Officials told the Augusta Chronicle the installation will not have enough guards to keep all of its gates open Monday and military personnel are not allowed to replace civilian workers who are on furlough.

In a statement, Col. Robert Baker said the installation regrets any disruption to local traffic the gate closures may cause, but reiterates that the installation has no alternative to closing the gates while civilian workers are on furlough.

Baker says the installation will return to normal gate operating policies as soon as possible.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


UGA Alumni Foundation hosts president's reception 

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia Alumni association is preparing to host a welcome reception for the university's new president, Jere (JAYR'-ee) Morehead.

School officials say the alumni association's reception is being held Tuesday morning on the north campus. Morehead, the university's 22nd president, replaced former president Michael Adams, who stepped down June 30.

Morehead, who was unanimously chosen by the Board of Regents to serve as UGA president, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Before serving as president, Morehead worked as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Chatsworth elementary school wins archery competition

ATLANTA (AP) — An archery team from a Chatsworth elementary school has won a world competition.

State officials said Woodlawn Elementary School captured its second world title last week by winning the elementary division at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament. That competition was held in St. Louis.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Woodlawn won a national championship in 2011 and a world champion title in 2010.

Four members from Woodlawn's archery team won individual medals at the 2013 world competition.

Officials said more than 1,800 archers from Georgia competed in state and regional archery tournaments this year.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Woman drowns at Lake Lanier after falling off dock

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a woman drowned Sunday at Lake Lanier when she fell off a dock.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources told WXIA-TV that the woman could not swim. Her husband, who could not swim either, tried to rescue her. Both were pulled from the water, but the woman did not survive. Her name has not been released.

The drowning was one of two deaths on Georgia lakes Sunday. Officials said 52-year-old Robert Lewis of Dallas, Ga., was killed at Allatoona Lake when he fell from his boat and was run over by the unmanned vessel.

Information from: WXIA-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Furloughs impact economy around Georgia base

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — Furloughs starting for most civilian Defense Department employees at Robins Air Force Base will have a big impact on the area economy.

The leader of a support group, retired Gen. Robert McMahon of the 21st Century Partnership, told WMAZ-TV that the furloughs beginning this week will take $50 million out of the economy around the Air Force base. McMahon is the former head of the Logistics Center at Robins.

Most civilian employees will take one day off a week without pay for 11 consecutive weeks. Civilians are exempt only if they are needed to protect life or property. The furlough days are the result of federal budget cuts.

Information from: WMAZ-TV,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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