Georgia News Roundup
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Foundation gives $5 million for BeltLine trail

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta BeltLine development project has been given a multimillion dollar grant from the James M. Cox Foundation.

The foundation announced Tuesday that it's giving a $5 million grant to help develop the Atlanta BeltLine's Westside trail.

The BeltLine is a redevelopment project composed of a tree-lined trail linking a network of public parks along a 22-mile railroad corridor around the city.

Cox Foundation officials say the Westside trail will be a three-mile path that will connect four schools and four parks.

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2 people killed, 2 injured in crash near Atlanta

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating a freeway crash that claimed the lives of two people and injured two others.

Dunwoody police Officer Tim Fecht said the wreck happened on eastbound Interstate 285, near North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody Tuesday night.

He said the two people hurt were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the names of the two people who died were being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Several lanes of I-285 remained blocked late Tuesday night.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Searchers looking for missing woman find a body

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities searching for a woman who had been reported missing in central Georgia found a decomposing body in the woods.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Todd Lowery said the body was discovered Tuesday afternoon in the area of south Dodge County where the missing woman last seen.

Lowery tells The Telegraph that the missing woman, whose name was not immediately available, had been reported missing Friday.

As of Tuesday evening, the body had not been identified.

The area where it was found is about 60 miles southeast of Macon.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com 

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Man's body found in lake near Georgia-Alabama line

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a man was found dead in a lake near the Georgia-Alabama line in the Columbus area.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the 43-year-old man was found with military identification.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said a young couple trying to locate floating plants noticed the man's head, and his body was then recovered near the Lake Oliver Marina on River Road.

Authorities said they planned to do an autopsy on the man's body to determine the cause of his death. His name wasn't immediately released.

Lake Oliver is between two dams on the Chattahoochee River.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com 

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Georgia man saves New York man from drowning in Florida

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The quick actions of a Georgia man likely saved the life of a 66-year-old New York man who became tired while swimming about 100 yards off shore of St. Pete Beach.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old James DiFrancesco heard cries for help Tuesday evening and saw Terry Strecker go under water several times.

DiFrancesco, of Smyrna, Georgia, asked his wife to call 911 while he went to help the man. DiFrancesco assisted Strecker to shore.

The St. Pete Beach Fire Department treated Strecker and kept him under observation. Strecker is from Kenmore, New York.

Deputies say the stretch of beach was isolated and that had DiFrancesco not heard Strecker's cries, he could have drowned.

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Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

By Bill Barrow, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Karen Handel will endorse U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in Georgia's Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff.

Kingston's campaign confirmed to The Associated Press that the two former rivals will appear Wednesday to announce her choice in the July 22 runoff between Kingston and businessman David Perdue.

Handel, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, finished third in the May 20 primary.

Her endorsement gives Kingston another nod from the tea party wing of the party. Kingston also has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Republican nominee will face Democrat Michelle Nunn on Nov. 4. The general election will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.

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Gullah Geechee panel selects executive director

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states has an executive director.

J. Herman Blake of Johns Island will serve as acting executive director without pay while the panel puts into effect a management plan for the corridor running along the coast from southeastern North Carolina to northeastern Florida.

The plan was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior last year.

The commission has moved its offices from Charleston to nearby Johns Island.

Althea Sumpter of Atlanta is the new commission chairwoman, replacing Ron Daise of St. Helena Island. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

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3 Georgia men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson says Fields Chapman, Avery Johnson, and Andrew Haynes — each 18 years old — have been arrested in a reported attack on a girl during a party in early May at the Coosawattee River Resort in Ellijay.

Authorities have said there was a large amount of alcohol at the party, and the men have also been charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Nicholson spoke during a press conference Wednesday and said most of the people who attended the party have been interviewed by authorities.

The county court clerk says it's unclear if the men have attorneys.

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