Georgia News Roundup
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2 Georgia technical colleges to merge by July 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has approved plans to merge Altamaha Technical College and the Okefenokee Technical College.

In a release Thursday, Technical College System of Georgia spokesman Mike Light said the consolidation is expected to happen by July 1, 2014.

Officials say the current President of Okefenokee Technical College, Glenn Deibert, will serve as president of both institutions after they're merged.

Altamaha operates campuses in Jesup, Baxley, Brunswick, Hazlehurst and Kingsland.

Okefenokee Technical College operates in Waycross and Alma.

Officials say there were 33 technical colleges in the Georgia system in 2009 and the state has merged some of them to reduce administrative costs and increase efficiency.

After the merger, officials say there will be 23 technical colleges in the state's system.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


New Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice member sworn in

ATLANTA (AP) — A new board member of the Board of Juvenile Justice has been sworn in.

The Department of Juvenile Justice said in a news release that Gov. Nathan Deal administered the oath of office to Kelly Stewart Thursday. Department Commissioner Avery Niles was on hand in the governor's office for the swearing in.

Stewart is the vice president of human resources for an executive search firm in Atlanta and is a Johns Creek city council member. She has also worked as a county administrator, at the University System of Georgia and on Capitol Hill at the U.S. House of Representatives.

She was appointed to the 15-member board by the governor. Board members serve in an advisory capacity to the department and provide leadership and guidance for the commissioner.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


New top general taking command at Fort Stewart

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — A new top general is taking command at Fort Stewart.

Army Maj. Gen. John M. Murray was scheduled to start his new job Friday as commander of the southeast Georgia base and its more than 21,000 soldiers.

The position puts him in charge of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which has spent much of the past decade fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Murray comes to Fort Stewart from Washington, where he served as the Army's director of force management. His previous assignments include stints at the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Virginia and as deputy commanding general for maneuvers for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Murray succeeds Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, who is being promoted to senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Falcons break off stadium negotiations with church

ATLANTA (AP) — A state agency negotiating for land to build a new NFL stadium has broken off talks with one of two churches in its path.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority informed Mount Vernon Baptist Church in a letter that it is "officially terminating negotiations" and "abandoning its efforts" to purchase the church's property on the southwest edge of downtown Atlanta.

The letter was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under Georgia's open records law.

Negotiations stalled after the church "unanimously rejected" the authority's "best and final offer" of $6.2 million, according to the letter and other documents.

The authority and the team are now turning their attention to a second site on the northwest edge of the downtown area to build the $1 billion retractable-roof stadium.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Atlantans concerned about 'pillowcase bandits'

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood are meeting to discuss how to stop thieves who have become known as the "pillowcase bandits."

CBS Atlanta reports that residents came together Thursday night at Northside Presbyterian Church for a meeting with Atlanta police to discuss their concerns.

Authorities say that in many of the robberies, thieves filled up pillowcases with people's valuables. Police say in many of the burglaries, homeowners did not set their alarms or left windows and doors unlocked.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Jury set for trial of Andrea Sneiderman

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The jury is set for the trial of Andrea Sneiderman, who is accused of lying under oath and hindering the investigation into her husband's death.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was fatally shot in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool. Andrea Sneiderman's former boss Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing, but was found mentally ill.

Prosecutors initially said Sneiderman arranged her husband's killing, but murder charges against her were dropped and she now faces perjury charges.

WSB-TV reports that six men and six women have been chosen to determine Sneiderman's fate. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Hearing set for remaining FAMU hazing defendants

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The 10 remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of former FAMU drum major Robert Champion are set to have a status hearing on their cases.

The hearing, set for Friday afternoon, could determine when trials might commence in the case. Prosecutors added manslaughter and felony hazing charges to a new defendant last month.

Champion, who's from Decatur, Ga., collapsed and died in November 2011 after walking down a gauntlet of other band members who beat him with fists and instruments on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a football game.

Five previous defendants have taken plea deals that ended in probation and community service sentences for what the state says were minimal roles. Prosecutors are expected to seek jail time for those still charged.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Macon man awarded $350,000 after pit bull attack

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A judge has awarded a $350,000 judgment to a retired postal worker who was attacked by a pair of pit bulls while he was out jogging two years ago in Macon.

Retired postal worker Jack "Sonny" Henderson recalled that he was in danger of bleeding to death on the street.

His attorney, Jeffrey Powers, said the dogs severed an artery in his arm. Two women -- Tymeka Bryant and Christy Martino -- happened to be driving by when they saw the dogs mauling Henderson.

The Telegraph reports that Martino grabbed a baseball bat and ran the dogs off before putting a tourniquet on Henderson's arm.

On Monday, Bibb County State Judge William Adams awarded the 65-year-old Henderson the $350,000 judgment based on his injuries, medical treatment and lingering effects.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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