Georgia News Roundup
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Moving cargo plane at Robins AFB may slow traffic

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — A large cargo plane is expected to slow morning traffic in front of Robins Air Force Base.

The Macon Telegraph reports an Air Force crew is scheduled to two a C-130 cargo plane Thursday morning to the aviation museum at the middle Georgia base. Base officials say the move should take about 90 minutes and could slow traffic on Ga. 247 in front of the base.

Motorists have been advised to avoid the route, with delays expected in the highway's southbound lanes. Officials say northbound traffic shouldn't be affected except when the plane gets turned to enter a gate at the museum.

The plane is being moved to a mock air base used for training.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

4 fires in Douglas ruled arson, may be connected

DOUGLAS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's fire commissioner says four fires south Georgia have all been ruled arson and authorities suspect they are all connected.

Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens on Wednesday asked for the public's help in identifying whoever's responsible for the Tuesday fires in Douglas.

The first two fires were ignited early Tuesday between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. and heavily damaged two homes. More fires were started between 1:50 a.m. and 2 a.m. in a motel trash bin and at a business.

Hudgens said investigators believe all four fires are linked. He said information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fires could make the tipster eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Tybee mayor says 'no chance' to nude beach idea

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Tybee Island says more than 800 people who signed a petition calling for a nude friendly section of beach will need to keep their clothes on as long as he's in office.

WTOC-TV reports Shawn Williams of Savannah has gotten 861 people to sign his petition asking Tybee city officials to make a portion of Georgia's largest public beach clothing-optional.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman (BELL-tuhr-man) says he's happy to talk with Williams, but his answer is simple. Buelterman says there's "no chance" Tybee will allow nudity on its beach, at least not while he's mayor.

The mayor says: "We are a family friendly beach, and we plan on keeping it that way."

Williams says he plans to keep fighting Tybee City Hall anyway.

Information from: WTOC-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

5 people escape large fire at home near Atlanta

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that heavily damaged a $1.3 million home in Sandy Springs, just north of Atlanta.

Fire officials say five people and their dogs were able to escape the fire early Thursday morning.

WSB-TV reports that firefighters were still dealing with small flare ups around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, but most of the fire had been extinguished.

A fire battalion chief said he believes the fire started near two decks on the back side of the house.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Georgia county considers proposed 17 percent tax hike

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders in one of Georgia's largest counties are debating a proposed 17 percent property tax hike.

Commissioners in Fulton County got input from taxpayers Wednesday as they debated what would be the first increase of its kind in more than 20 years.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves tells WSB-TV that declining revenues and increased costs have left the county with a $40 million to $50 million budget shortfall.

Fulton County is home to Atlanta and several of its northern and southern suburbs.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Thieves continue to target north Georgia churches

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a spree is burglaries at churches in north Georgia is continuing.

Dawson County sheriff's Maj. Ray Goodie said 12 churches have been targets of burglaries in his county since February.

Goodie tells The Times that one of them has been hit multiple times.

He estimates the thefts have totaled more than $40,000.

Goodie said a common thread in the burglaries is that thieves are stealing musical equipment and instruments. He said some electronics have also been stolen.

Goodie said his department is working with nearby Lumpkin County on the cases, since churches in that county have also been burglarized.

Both counties are offering $1,000 rewards for information in the cases.

Information from: The Times, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Plane to be moved on highway, prompting closures

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — Military officials say parts of Georgia State Route 247 in central Georgia will be temporarily closed as a C-130 airplane is moved.

WMAZ-TV reports that the highway closures are planned for Thursday in the Warner Robins area.

Robins Air Force Base officials said in a statement that the airplane will be moved from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

They say its journey will begin at the base's Aero Club Gate and the plane will then travel south to the Museum of Aviation. It will then re-enter Robins through a separate gate behind the museum and continue to Warrior Air Base, where the aircraft will be used for training purposes.

Information from: WMAZ-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Defense secretary to visit Fort Rucker on Thursday

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to visit Fort Rucker in southeast Alabama on Thursday.

The Dothan Eagle reports that Hagel is expected to talk to soldiers at the Army base about the installation's role in the nation's defense.

Hagel spoke Wednesday at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, where he said more attention must be paid to the nuclear forces as key to national security.

Hagel's visit to the Georgia base marked the start of a two-day trip that includes Fort Rucker and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The trip is designed to underscore some of Hagel's budget priorities, including some that have gotten slammed by Congress, as members continue to debate the spending plan.

Information from: The Dothan Eagle, 

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