Georgia News Roundup
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Muscogee County near naming school superintendent

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Public schools in the Columbus area may have a new superintendent soon.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Muscogee County school officials have scheduled a news conference for next Tuesday, when they hope to introduce a new top administrator.

It's been a long wait. Current superintendent Susan Andrews announced her retirement 16 months ago.

School board chairman Rob Varner says he hopes the board will unanimously agree on a finalist for the job when it votes during a Tuesday meeting before speaking to reporters. The board has interviewed seven candidates for the position.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Robins AFB sends maintenance crew to help in Utah 

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — A maintenance team from Robins Air Force Base is spending a few months on the road helping colleagues get caught up with repair work in Utah.

Base officials say a 43-member team has been sent from middle Georgia to Hill Air Force Base in Utah, where workers have been pulling mandatory overtime since February with a backlog C-130 cargo planes needing attention.

The Robins team plans to spend roughly four months making major and minor structural repairs on the hulking planes, as well as replacing components as needed.

The Utah base is also getting helping hands from Air National Guard units from Idaho, Missouri, Utah and Delaware.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Man left at Grady Memorial Hospital dies of gunshot wounds

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Atlanta are investigating the death of a man who showed up at Grady Memorial Hospital with fatal gunshot wounds.

Atlanta police Lt. Paul Guerrucci tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that the investigation is shifting from Atlanta to East Point, where detectives believe the man was shot before he was brought to the Atlanta hospital around noon on Thursday. A vehicle pulled up to the hospital carrying the man. Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said he died at the hospital.

East Point police could not be reached for comment, and further details on the shooting were not immediately available.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Teen killed, 3 others wounded in Macon shooting

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy was shot to death after a fight led to gunfire outside a nightclub in Macon.

Police say the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the downtown area of the central Georgia city.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Jamonni Bland was killed in the parking garage near the Zodiac Lounge at the River View Ballroom.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that three others were wounded in the shooting. Jones said the victims included 21-year-old Deion Davis, who was critically hurt with six gunshot wounds.

Authorities say 30-year-old Andre Bonner was shot in the neck. The third victim, 25-year-old Steven Billue, was shot in the left shoulder.

All three of the wounded people were being treated at hospitals.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Wreck closes southbound lanes of I-75 for a time 

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities closed all lanes of a metro Atlanta interstate just before the start of the morning rush hour as they investigated an accident involving seven cars and a pedestrian.

WSB Radio reports that the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 south of downtown Atlanta were closed shortly after the 3 a.m. accident. The wreckage was cleared by 9 a.m., and the lanes were reopened.

The accident happened along I-75 in the area of C.W. Grant Parkway and Central Avenue.

Clayton County police Officer Danielle Rosa said the pedestrian started walking into the interstate, which caused the seven-car pileup. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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