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  Wednesday, April 21, 2004


City Commissioner convicted of abusing city credit card

Not nice. How come people commit these crimes, that are sure to get detected sooner or later?

From http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_new...ry.asp?ID=35148:
 
Waycross City Commissioner Janice "Penny" Hodges has been removed from office and sentenced to five years of probation after a Ware County jury convicted her of theft by conversion for using a city credit card to buy personal items.
(...) With tears running down her face, Hodges said she was grateful Blount did not sentence her to prison.

Records show she used the city credit card for things such as clothing, a car rental and concert tickets.
 
These are nice-to-have items... not essentials. Why risk your job and reputation on it? I don't get it...

07:56 AM   

  Wednesday, April 21, 2004


Article about recent lack of rain, from a sportsman point of view

Worth the read, if you like fishing or hunting, or are just concerned with the recent drought and the effects on local rivers and lakes.

From http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2...8&PAG=461&rfi=9:
 
We not only need the rain locally for crops and area ponds, but we also need it for the middle and upper parts of the state to get a lot of rain so that the runoff will flow down the rivers and keep the water levels up.
(...) Turkey season has been going rather well, also. I was afraid that the weather had been too warm for too long before the season, but that doesn't seem to be the case so far.
08:54 AM   

  Thursday, April 8, 2004


Half Of Nation's Fastest-Growing Counties In Georgia

Not surprisingly, the fast-growing counties are in the Atlanta Metro area, not Southern Georgia.

From http://www.news4jax.com/news4georgia/2986234/detail.html:
 
A demographer at the University of Georgia, Doug Bachtel, said populations are moving outward from the central city as residents move to inexpensive areas with better school systems. They're willing to put up with the traffic and sprawl that comes with life miles from the city.
(...) The four counties in the metro Atlanta area are Forsyth, Henry, Newton and Paulding, whose populations have grown from 23 percent to 26 percent from April 2000 to July 2003. The other fast-growing Georgia county is Chattahoochee, where Fort Benning is located.
09:10 AM   

  Tuesday, February 3, 2004


Horrible news: Ware County teacher charged with statutory rape

I guess it's one of those 'Never would've believed it could happen here' kind of things...

From http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_new...ry.asp?ID=30803:
 
A Ware County High School teacher has been arrested on charges that he sexually molested a 15-year-old female student at the school over a period of several months.
(...) Sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes each are punishable by one to 20 years in prison. Statutory rape carries a 10- to 20-year prison term. Child molestation is punishable by five to 20 years. Sexual assault of a person in custody carries a one- to three-year prison term.

Simply awful.

06:54 AM   

  Tuesday, February 3, 2004


Man sentenced to 14 years for fraudulent real estate scheme

It's easy to say 'This never could have happened to me!' but a lot of these fraudsters appear like the most God-fearing, respectful, solid people. SO I would put no blame on the people who fell for this. - Make sure, when you trust your money to someone, to make a full background check and search the internet for anything concerning this person. Nowadays, from the comfort of your own computer chair, you can get low-cost copies of all court documents or previous lawsuits the person was involved in. - I'm not sure if it would have helped in this case, but it's important to remember!

From http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_new...ry.asp?ID=30330:
 
A man accused of bilking dozens of investors out of millions of dollars through a fraudulent real estate business has been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Randall J. Coyle, 48, also was ordered Tuesday to pay $6.2 million in restitution to 117 investors in his Rando Group Inc., a real estate investment scheme in the Waycross area that told people they would realize profits up to 50 percent.
Coyle told investors he bought distressed real estate at half its value, fixed it up and resold it. But the business operated much like a Ponzi scheme, in which investors were paid money from later investors, prosecutors said.
(...) Evelyn Huntley of Fernandina Beach said she lost nearly $60,000 as she searched for a way to make more money to care for her husband, who was suffering from Alzheimers disease.
(...) Before his sentencing Tuesday, Coyle apologized to his investors.
An ego is a bad thing and mine was way out of control, he said. The person I was, quite honestly, makes me sick.
Once released, Coyle vowed to work on paying them back. He apologized for not admitting his guilt quicker after he was jailed nearly two years ago.
Ive always been a fighter. This is one time I shouldnt have fought, he said.
One of the investors, Jean Vaughn, appeared disgusted as Coyle spoke.
(...) It's 'just' money... but horrible for the people affected.

It's 'just' money... but horrible for the people affected.
c: It's easy to say 'This never could have happened to me!' but a lot of these fraudsters appear like the most God-fearing, respectful, solid people. SO I would put no blame on the people who fell for this. - Make sure, when you trust your money to someone, to make a full background check and search the internet for anything concerning this person. Nowadays, from the comfort of your own computer chair, you can get low-cost copies of all court documents or previous lawsuits the person was involved in. - I'm not sure if it would have helped in this case, but it's important to remember!

07:54 AM   

  Monday, February 2, 2004


Rattle-snake hunters in Southeatern Georgia

Celebrate diversity. Some people like to play concert piano, some people like to hunt diamondbacks.

From http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_new...ry.asp?ID=30709:
 
Grady County hunters showed up Saturday with 83 of the 320 diamondbacks turned in at the 44th annual Whigham Rattlesnake Roundup, a major community fund-raising event for the southwestern Georgia town of 602.
(...) Its just fun, Stuckey said. Its a male bonding thing. The women are at home.
(...) I dont want to get too close to them, said Martha Carter, 59, of Cairo. I imagine theyre like humans _ if you bother them, they might bother you.
(...) Snake hunter LaRue Sheffield, 42, of Douglas, lifted some of the larger rattlers out of their boxes and walked around the ring showing them to the spectators. Some of the visitors shrieked and jerked away from the fence. Diamondbacks can grow to at least six feet long.
(...) Berl Hawthorne of Whigham won the prize for the heaviest snake at 7.3 pounds and Tommy Lancos, also of Whigham, was awarded a prize for having the most snakes, 102. Organizers said they expected the attendance to soar above 25,000, thousands more than last year.

Animal activists are concerned, as one method to catch the snakes involves using gasoline fumes to roust snakes from gopher tortoise burows. Organizers "discourage" the practice.

08:12 AM   

  Thursday, January 22, 2004


Rare Coins stolen

This breaks my heart. What an awful loss.

From http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/articl...news/news07.txt:
 
VALDOSTA -- In less than an hour after stopping to eat dinner Jan. 10 at a local restaurant, a Tennessee couple had their cache of rare coins stolen from their vehicle.

... $65,000 worth of coins, that is. That just goes to show again, never leave anything valuable in your car. Criminals can smell if a vehicle is worth breaking into! I believe next time they'll take the drive-through.

09:51 AM   

  Tuesday, January 20, 2004


Another plant closing

Sad...

From http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/a...BBDF83C643F.asp:
 
WestPoint Stevens Inc., one of the nations largest makers of sheets, pillow cases and towels, will close two plants in the middle Georgia town of LaGrange, a loss of 550 jobs.
(...) The plants will shut down March 9. The state Department of Labor made the announcement Friday.
(...) The company, which was founded almost 200 years ago, filed for bankruptcy last year.
06:51 AM   

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