A nearly $500,000 grant from the Governor's Office for Children and Families is giving expectant mothers in one middle Georgia county, an extra hand.
The System of Care, in Houston County, is putting the money toward a program called Nurse Family Partnership. Through NFP, low income and first-time mothers, will enter the program before their 28th week of pregnancy.
A Macon man is arrested and charged after police find more than $100 worth of marijuana paraphernalia and guns. Police arrested 28-year-old Anthony Williams Jr., also known as "J-Black", after serving a search warrant at 1625 Randall Road. Williams is charged with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and having a gun during a felony. This is his 14th arrest in Bibb County.
The arraignment hearing for two men indicted on charges of felony-murder of a Warner Robins woman were in court Wednesday. James Clements and Robert Sybert both plead not guilty in the murder-for-hire case. Last February, Joni Clements was shot inside her home in Warner Robins. Clements' husband, James, was indicted on 14 counts. Sybert was also indicted on 14 counts. Some of the charges included aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and kidnapping with bodily injury. The Houston County District Attorney says he will pursue the death penalty for Richard Sybert, the third suspect in this case. Richard was not in court today.
"Now that the arraignment hearing has been handled the case will be scheduled for trial. We anticipate one or both of these defendants to get trialed sometime later this year "said George Hartwig, Houston County District Attorney. A trial date has not been set.
If you're looking to fine-tune your resume or nail that next interview, Fort Valley State University has you covered. The university's extension program is offering workforce preparedness workshops to help you get back into the workforce. The goal of the workshops is to help job-seekers improve their employment opportunities. You can get help preparing for your next interview, building a better resume, and searching for jobs.
"Some folks need some computer classes because they have been away from the computer for a while. Some people need to work on preparing a resume. So, it really depends on where you are in your unemployment on exactly what your first step will actually be."
If you're interested in attending the free workshops, the next session is Wednesday, February 8th at the Thomas Public Library in Fort Valley.
Today, Stephen McDaniel formally heard the state's decision to seek the death penalty against him for the murder of his neighbor, Lauren Giddings.
Wednesday's hearing lasted less than an hour, and McDaniel's attorneys made it very clear they plan to challenge the District Attorney's grand jury indictment. There is also a long list of issues surrounding the evidence in this case they plan to fight.
Giddings' boyfriend, friends, and several family members sat in the courtroom dressed in pink.
Giddings' cousin, Kathy Mann, said, "the reason we are here today is not because this is Stephen McDaniel's trial, because this is Lauren's trial.
McDaniel was not in his jail jumpsuit, but rather in a suit in tie. His attorney, Floyd Burford, now has a co-council, Franklin Hogue. Hogue was a professor of Giddings.
"That's his right. His prerogative," says Mann of Hogues decision to represent McDaniel.
During the hearing Judge S. Philip Brown listed of potential issues, including warrants and evidence seized, the defense may have an issue with; attorney Buford acknowledged several he would address in the trial, but would not elaborate.
"I really don't think it's appropriate for me to start talking about those issues," said Buford.
McDaniel did not speak at Wednesday's hearing. Judge Brown also asked about McDaniel's mental state. His attorneys said there was no issue.
According to Giddings' cousin, the family's main concern is getting the trail started, and they'll do their best to be at every hearing.
"We don't want to say anything that would be misunderstood as through we think he is guilty. We want a fair trial for him too. We want the person who killed Lauren to come to justice whoever that maybe," said Mann.
Arraignment in this murder case is set for February 7th. At Wednesday's hearing,Floyd Buford, also said he plans to file another conflict of interest motion against the D.A's office.