A college in Middle Georgia received national recognition. The Princeton Review named Georgia College one of the "Best in the Southeast." The colleges and universities on the list are chosen primarily for their excellent academic programs. This is GCSU's 5th consecutive year being named one of the best in the Southeast.
Wednesday Houston County students took a stand against bullies. Kids at Russell Elementary cheered as they took part in an anti-bullying rally. The celebration comes after students spent two weeks learning about the negative effects of bullying, both at school and at home.
"Our students have worked hard and this is going to be a great year and our school is gong to be full of buddies and not bullies," said Jo Hall, Assistant Principal for Instruction at Russell Elementary.
Hall says the students have participated in skits, reading exercise and more in an effort to get the message across, that bullying is wrong.
The telecommunications company, Com South has been around for a hundred years. They're known for helping people stay connected.
Most middle Georgians know them for their motto: "Neighbors Serving Neighbors."
"In a digital age today people can't really live without their internet connections, they can't live without their TV," says Com South Vice President Rob Brooks.
Com South began in 1913. They're a local company, focusing on today's needs.
"We hire local people, we service local folks, it's the same people we go to church with, it's the same people we go to school with, same people you see shopping everyday," says Brooks.
Com South serves Hawkinsville, Perry, Fort Valley, Cochran, Unadilla, and Warner Robins.
The company's services include: long distance calling, high-speed broadband internet, digital HDTV, and wireless phone services.
It's less than one week before election night, and the political mud-slinging is in full throttle.
Senate District 26 candidates, David Lucas and Miriam Paris, both received letters of approval from the Georgia Association of Educators. The letters were sent as a word of encouragement to the candidates as they continue forward in their campaigns, and not sent as letters of endorsement.
The problem? Paris mistook the letter as a letter of endorsement, and publicly announced the G.A.E. endorsed her.
Lucas says, Paris' misunderstanding only shows that she is an unfit candidate for the senate seat in Atlanta.
"It's quite obvious that if you cannot read a simple letter sent to you and comprehend it," Lucas explains of Paris, "what kind of problems will you have trying to comprehend what's going on in Atlanta?"
The letter the two candidates received from the G.A.E. says in part,
"the Georgia Association of Educators Fund for Public Education Committee (GAE-FPE) has accepted the recommendation of its local leaders in Senate District 26 to find your candidacy Acceptable."
Paris' campaign manager said that when they received the letter, they were unsure if it was a letter of endorsement, so they waited to say anything. When they didn't hear back from the G.A.E., they publicly announced the G.A.E. endorsed them.
Paris' manager also said that they are moving forward with the campaign, and admit that saying the letter was an endorsement was a mistake. They said the poorly written wording made them unclear as to exactly what the letter meant.
Tuesday night, Police arrested 44 year-old Alfred Degroat after they say he cut 2 people on the arm. It happened at the College Park Apartments in Macon around 9:30 pm.
According to a news release, Degroat was involved in an altercation with the victims. Victim 1 was cut on the left arm and may require surgery. Victim 2 was also cut on the left arm but did not sustain serious injuries.
Police say alcohol was involved.
Degroat is charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to government property, and simple battery.
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