Georgia News Roundup
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Georgia university honoring first black student

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The University of West Georgia is planning later this month to honor the first black student to enroll at the school.

Lillian Williams began attending the school in 1963. It was then known as West Georgia College, and Williams also became the first black student to graduate from the school when she earned a degree in elementary education in 1967.

University of West Georgia President Kyle Marrero says Williams courageously pioneered integration at the school and it is proud to honor her.

The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the university's Ingram Library where an exhibit honoring Williams will be located. Williams' children also have established a scholarship in her name for mothers studying education.

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Georgia Perimeter College marks 50th anniversary

CLARKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Students, faculty and alumni will be marking the 50th anniversary of Georgia Perimeter College with events beginning this week.

The school opened in 1964 as DeKalb College and has grown to five campuses located in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton County.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the anniversary celebration kicks off Friday during a fall convocation with guest speaker Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor for the state university system. It will also include the annual state-of-the-college address and will be followed by a picnic.

The school currently has more than 21,000 students, up from 763 at the time it was founded. The college is also home to the university system's largest online program.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Morehouse College students robbed at gun point

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are searching for suspects in two daylight robberies of Morehouse College students.

Police say they were called to the Atlanta campus around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, where a student said he was walking from a Walmart store on Martin Luther King Dr. Drive when a man with a gun approached and demanded his belongings. The student turned over his wallet.

WSB Radio reports that officers responded to a second call five minutes later, where another student reported being robbed while walking from a McDonald's restaurant on Burress Drive. That student said the suspect took a tan Army book bag that contained electronic devices.

The robberies come as Georgia Tech police investigate a pair of armed robberies to students there.

No arrests have been made.

Information from: WSB-AM.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

2 plead guilty after baseballs tossed into prison

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman and a Virginia man have pleaded guilty of placing marijuana and other contraband into baseballs tossed over the fence of a south Georgia prison.

The Florida Times-Union reports that 33-year-old Antonio Marcellus Jones of Hampton, Virginia, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to providing marijuana to an inmate.

Authorities say 33-year-old Chrystaline Armstrong of Waycross pleaded guilty to providing a cellphone to an inmate.

An FBI agent testified that the balls were loaded with marijuana, tobacco and a cellphone intended for an inmate.

FBI Special Agent William Kirkconnell said Jones and Armstrong had disassembled the baseballs at Armstrong's house in Waycross, stuffed the contraband inside and put the balls back together.

The agent testified that Jones then hurled them into federal prison's recreation yard.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Weavers harvesting sweetgrass in Lowcountry

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) — Basket weavers are harvesting sweetgrass on a federal tract of land in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

On Wednesday they are pulling the grass used to make sweetgrass baskets at the St. Stephen Powerhouse operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Berkeley County.

The grass is used in making the iconic sweetgrass baskets woven by the descendants of slaves in the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor that runs from North Carolina to Florida.

In recent years it has become harder to find the grass because rapid coastal development means fewer places where it grows and there are fewer places where weavers can get access the grass.

The Corps of Engineers says that pulling the grass is healthy for the plants because it grows back even thicker the following year.

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2nd 'eagle cam' to film birds at Berry College

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Workers have installed a second 'eagle cam' -- this one with sound -- to give bird viewers a new angle of a bald eagle nest at Berry College.

A live online video stream from the bald eagle nest at the northwest Georgia college has attracted a huge global audience. The video shows the daily activities of the two adult bald eagles and their attempts to raise a family.

The Rome News-Tribune reports that the second camera was installed above the nest on Tuesday and can record sounds.

Georgia Power crews maneuvered a lift more than 100 feet above the ground, moving in between pine boughs to install the new equipment.

The public can watch the eagles 24 hours a day at and on Berry College's website

Information from: Rome News-Tribune, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Mercer cancels program in Africa amid Ebola threat

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Mercer University official says an education program in Liberia operated by the Georgia school has been canceled for the upcoming year in response to the Ebola outbreak there.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that more than a dozen university students, along with two faculty members, have traveled annually to Liberia as part of the college's mission work teaching students in kindergarten through 12th grade at the Ricks Institute.

Mercer also operates an exchange program through the institute, which includes Liberian students traveling to Georgia to take classes on the Mercer campus. College spokesman Larry Brumley said three Liberian students arrived around Aug. 20 at Mercer — one at its Macon campus, two at the Atlanta campus. He said they have been screened for the virus and cleared.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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