Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia students turn plastic bags into sleeping mats

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A group of eastern Georgia high school students used thousands discarded plastic bags to make sleeping mats for the homeless.

The Augusta Chronicle reports seven students from Westside High School, Glenn Hills High and Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School teamed up to create 15 waterproof sleeping mats from about 6,000 plastic bags. The project was part of the Georgia Community Problem Solving competition, and earned them a trip to a national competition later this year in Iowa.

Westside senior Amanda Dojack says the students cut each bag in half and tied the pieces together before weaving the mats on a homemade loom.

Aside from addressing pollution, students said they wanted to use their project to help improve the lives of the needy.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Georgia voter registration deadline looming

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters April 21 is the deadline to register for the May 20 primary.

Kemp says it's now easier to register since the launch of the state's online registration program.

The "My Voter Page" mobile application also allows Georgians to register, view sample ballots, find their polling location and more. Voters must have a valid Georgia driver's license to use the online program.

Online: www.registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Sheriff: North Georgia judge dies in motorcycle crash

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff says a north Georgia judge was killed in a crash while riding a motorcycle.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Fannin County Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald Newton died Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Ga. 60 near the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby says Newton and his wife, Rita, were struck head-on by an oncoming car.

Authorities say Rita Newton was taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her condition was not immediately available.

Kirby says the driver of the car involved in the crash was jailed with charges pending. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man found shot dead behind metro Atlanta townhomes

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Police in metro Atlanta are investigating after a man was found shot dead behind a complex of townhomes in Gwinnett County.

WSB-TV reports residents called police to the Bradford Gwinnett Townhomes after hearing gunshots at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Police say a neighbor found one person dead at the edge of the woods behind the homes.

Police did not immediately release the name of the victim so that the man's relatives could be notified first.

Police were speaking to potential witnesses early Monday. Some neighbors reported seeing several cars speed from the area after the shooting.

Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


2 charged in gunfire outside Augusta nightclub



AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have charged two men with firing gunshots outside an Augusta nightclub.

The Augusta Chronicle reports both men were arrested early Sunday after sheriff's deputies broke up a fight at Alter Egoz Sports Bar & Grill. The shots were fired in the parking lot.

A nightclub patron told deputies the shooters fled in a dark Cadillac, and one was soon stopped on Gordon Highway. Deputies found two 9 mm handguns in the car and an unfired bullet that matched a spent casing discovered outside the club.

Bryan DeShawn Dilworth and Rashaad Zotaud Dally of Hephzibah were jailed on charges of reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near a highway. Dilworth told deputies men from the club shot at them first. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police find woman slain in south Georgia motel room

FITZGERALD, Ga. (AP) — Police in south Georgia are investigating the slaying of a woman found dead inside a Fitzgerald motel room.

WALB-TV reports the slain woman was discovered Sunday at the Uptown Motel in room 126. Fitzgerald police have released few details about the investigation.

Authorities say the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist local police in Fitzgerald, a rural community located about 60 miles east of Albany.

The name of the dead woman was not immediately released. No arrests have been announced in the case.

Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Tybee Island reports mild 1st wave of Orange Crush

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Officials on Tybee Island say they saw few problems during the first of two anticipated weekends of the spring break gathering known as Orange Crush.

Mayor Jason Buelterman says crowds of partygoers Saturday and Sunday were smaller than expected, making for a typical busy April weekend at Georgia's largest public beach. Extra trashcans and volunteer litter patrols helped keep the beach clean after garbage left by previous Orange Crush crowds had residents complaining.

The Savannah Morning News reports Tybee Island Police Chief Bob Bryson reported 22 arrests over the weekend, mostly for traffic violations. Bryson says police expect bigger crowds Easter weekend, when officials expect a second wave of college-aged Orange Crush visitors to arrive.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Metro Atlanta apartment fire forces evacuations

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters in metro Atlanta are trying to determine what caused a large fire to break out inside an apartment building where many residents had to be evacuated before dawn.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fire early Monday damaged about half the 20 apartment units at The Reserve at Peachtree Corners. Gwinnett County fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says police were evacuating residents door-to-door before firefighters arrived just after 3 a.m.

Rutledge says no injuries were reported from the blaze at the 30-year-old apartment building. He says several apartments were completely engulfed when the first firefighters reached the scene.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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