Morning News Briefs for 8-11-16

| August 11, 2016
The suspects wanted in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a Fitzgerald finance company have been identified. The search is on for Mickeem Wilcox age 30; officials say that he has Florida connections and Chaney Lewis age 20. The robbers are also connected to another business burglary.

The United Way of Valdosta will put 350 volunteers in place in the coming week to help with repairs and upgrades to the homes of area wounded veterans. it all a part of the annual Day of Caring and donations of pine straw, lumber, paint and brushes are needed. Donors may drop off their items at the office of the Valdosta United Way. Call 229-242-2208.

The single largest volume construction contract the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded in August went to a project to resurface U.S. 319 in Colquitt and Thomas counties. Almost half of the $97.6 million in funds awarded statewide is earmarked for projects within Georgia DOT’s Southwest district of 31 counties. In addition to resurfacing, local projects were awarded that will rehabilitate bridges and enhance roadway safety by upgrading pavement markings and improving visibility for drivers.

More arrests have been made in connection with the brutal attack on Meriwether County 83 year old Dorothy Dow. Police announced earlier the arrests of Justin Grady, Cortavious Heard and Shanquavious Cameron; the latest arrests include females-Mina Ellery and Angel Harmon both age 17. The teenagers face multiple charges.

The Moultrie Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will work with the state office to bring the Family-to-Family Education Program back to Moultrie in the fall. This program lasts for 12 weeks and has among its goals providing assistance to families 12-week course is designed to help families coping with various disabilities and mental illnesses. For more information contact the Moultrie office of the national Alliance on Mental Health.

Congratulations go out to the Andrew Grimes family of Tift County. They are in a group of four finalists families competing for the title of Georgia Young Farmers Association’s Farm Family of the Year. The winner at the state level will be made public at the Convention of the State’s Young farmers in January in Savannah.

An East Georgia law enforcement undercover sting operation has brought about the arrests of 40 people ranging in age from 17 to 57. They were taken into custody after attempting to set up sexual encounters with children. According to Effingham County authorities the suspects were enticed to the area via the internet from; they came from Georgia and South Carolina. One of those arrested was former Elementary School Principal Paul Hudson.
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