Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta group formed to help integrate immigrants

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor has announced an initiative to aid the integration of immigrant communities.

Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday announced the creation of the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group. The 21-member group is tasked with recommending ways to address gaps in the integration of newly arrived communities in the city.

Reed says the creation of the group is a step toward strengthening Atlanta's standing as a global and inclusive community.

The group will be chaired by Reed and co-chaired by Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of The Latin American Association, and Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck.

The group plans to break into subcommittees to focus on key areas of immigrant integration and will present recommendations to Reed in August.

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Georgia records 10 fewer drunk boating arrests in 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — State officials say Georgia recorded 10 fewer arrests for boating under the influence during Memorial Day weekend than during the same time period last year.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement that a public awareness campaign and legislation signed in 2013 making penalties for drunk boat operation similar to those for drunk driving may be a factor in this year's number.

Deal says the state Department of Natural Resources will also launch a boater education course in July that will be required for any boat operator born on or after Jan. 1, 1998.

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Georgia National Guard troops deploying to Afghanistan

TOCCOA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia Army National Guard engineer unit is preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

Army officials say a departure ceremony is being held Thursday for the 876th Vertical EN Company at 10 a.m. at the Georgia Baptist Convention Conference Center in Toccoa.

Officials say the unit's work overseas will include repair, construction, plumbing and more.

Officials say the group from Toccoa will be deployed with nearly 150 guardsmen.

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Macon-Bibb County nears goal of 100 demolitions

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The Macon area is nearing a goal of demolishing 100 dilapidated buildings by June 30.

The Telegraph reports ( that Macon-Bibb County on Wednesday knocked down its 91st house this fiscal year.

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert promised to meet his goal of tearing down 100 dilapidated buildings by the June 30 end of the fiscal year.

Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said two or three more houses are ready to be demolished, and another six or eight are awaiting a final inspection before they are destroyed.

On Wednesday, a house on Irving Avenue was torn down as the kickoff of another round of the "Five by Five" neighborhood cleanup program. It focuses intensive cleanup of public properties and partnership with private agencies in a five-block area for five weeks.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

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Georgia man drowns on Alabama coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia man is dead after getting caught in rough surf on the Alabama coast.

Orange Beach marine police say 36-year-old Tywan Barnes of Atlanta was visiting the beach with his fiancee when he got caught in a rip current Wednesday afternoon.

His body was found near the Perdido Beach Resort, where he first swam out.

Barnes was originally from Mobile.

Heavy rains have been falling in the area and winds are strong. The National Weather Service says there's a high risk of strong rip currents that can quickly overcome swimmers.

Lifeguards are warning people to stay out of the water until the currents ease.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Historic Columbus Foundation joins Eufaula effort

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — The Historic Columbus Foundation has joined an ongoing effort to prevent a road widening project in the eastern Alabama town of Eufaula.

Travelers heading through southeast Alabama to Florida Panhandle beaches have a four-lane road the entire way except for a half-mile stretch in Eufaula that narrows to two lanes and is filled with Southern mansions and giant oaks.

Now the town finds itself in a battle of Southern charm vs. traffic congestion as the state considers a plan to widen U.S. 431 and remove some trees.

Historic Columbus Executive Director Elizabeth Barker is asking the nearly 2,000 Historic Columbus members to sign an online petition for Save North Eufaula Avenue.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that more than 3,200 people have signed the petition.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 

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