Georgia News Roundup
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South Georgia man fatally shot weeks before wedding

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in south Georgia say they're searching for the suspects who fatally shot a man weeks before he was scheduled to get married.

WALB-TV reports Jamey Spurlock helped his fiancee choose a wedding dress Sunday morning and was gunned down hours later.

Authorities have said 35-year-old Spurlock was shot in his chest during an attempted armed robbery on Mobile Avenue. A detailed description of the suspects was not immediately available.

His fiancee told the station the two were expecting to get married at the end of January.

Tipsters are asked to call Albany Crimestoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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GDOT approves Miller County road maintenance

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Transportation officials say they've approved a contract to make seven roads in rural Miller County safer.

Officials said Monday that the more than $127,000 project will include repainting worn down yellow and white lane markers, raising pavement markers and installing highly reflective signs throughout the county about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

Vice Chairman of the county's board of commissioners, Allen Worsley, says the projects wouldn't have been possible without help from the state Department of Transportation because the county couldn't afford funding the road maintenance.

Department of Transportation officials say rural counties usually have more state and county two-way roads, which are the state's most accident prone.

GDOT officials say similar roadwork in Athens-Clarke County reduced crashes by 43 percent.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Free wildlife refuge days announced for 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are offering free admission at national wildlife refuges on several holidays next year.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Monday that free admission is being offered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Presidents' Day weekend; National Public Lands Day; Oct. 12 — the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week; and on Veterans Day.

There are eight national wildlife refuges in the state of Georgia. The areas are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — a branch of the Department of the Interior.

Officials say several other federal land management agencies, including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and others are also offering free admission days in 2014.

Online: http://www.fws.gov/refuges 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Fire crews battle blaze at Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA (AP) — Firefighters were battling a blaze early on Christmas Eve at a restaurant in Atlanta's midtown area.

Atlanta fire crews arrived around 5 a.m. Tuesday to douse the flames at a building that houses the J.R. Crickets restaurant. The business is at 631 Spring St. Northwest, across the street from The Varsity restaurant.

CBS Atlanta reports that flames were burning a section of the top floor. Crews knocked down the flames and worked before dawn to put out the hot spots.

The restaurant's website says the Spring Street location is the original one, which opened in 1982. It later expanded to other locations in metro Atlanta and in St. Louis.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries, and it wasn't known early Tuesday what caused the blaze.

Information from: WGCL-TV, http://www.cbsatlanta.com/index.html 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia trucking firm hands out $360,000 in bonuses

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A north Georgia trucking company is giving away more than $360,000 in bonuses to its employees this holiday season.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bartow County-based Kennesaw Transportation Co. began the program 15 years ago to reward employees who had been at the company five years or longer with a $10,000 bonus every five years.

Some recipients say they're banking their third bonus.

The 2013 bonus will go to 36 employees, the highest number to date.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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