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Hogs ravage crops throughout Georgia


Feral hogs and Georgia's crops.

They're two things some farmers say simply don't mix.

One Dooly County farmer says he's lost thousands of dollars in peanuts and other crops to the hogs.

From his bolls of cotton to his rows of peanuts, farming for David Reed is,
"the only way of life I know of. I've enjoyed it. I enjoy it. My wife enjoys it. She helps me on the farm."

But that way of life has been made a little tougher for Reed and farmers throughout Georgia by feral hogs.

"They go in there and take their nose, snout they call it, and just lay them vines up and eat every peanut off of there," Reed said.

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Alleged copper thief electrocuted in Macon Co. burglary


Montezuma police say a Byromville man was electrocuted inside a vacant warehouse during a reported burglary.

It happened at the Allen's Inc. warehouse on Airport Road. Police identified it as the former Americold warehouse.

On Thursday, employees noticed that copper tubing and electrical boxes inside the building had been cut.

When an officer arrived and searched the building, he saw a man's body on the metal duct work in the electrical control room.

Georgia Power killed the power to the building.

The man was identified as Kenneth Lewis of Byromville. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

In a news release, police said he was electrocuted.

Chief Eric Finch wrote, "I want to stress, stress, stress and stress again that it is not safe to enter this building."

Council member, peach grower killed in Macon Co. accident


A Montezuma peach grower and a Marshallville city council member died following a head-on collision Thursday in Macon County.

The crash occurred at about 2:55 p.m. Thursday on state Hwy. 49 north of Winchester Road, according to Georgia State Patrol.

A 2013 Toyota Tundra being driven by William Lee Brown, 74, from Montezuma was northbound on Hwy. 49. His vehicle traveled over the center line and into the southbound lane where it struck a 2000 Lincoln Town Car being driven by Delores Felder, 65, from Marshallville, according to Georgia State Patrol.


Central Georgia Weather Watches and Warnings

Central Georgia Weather Watches and Warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for portions of middle GA for this afternoon.

Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Dodge, Hancock, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Macon, Peach, Pulaski, Taylor, Telfair, Twiggs, Treutlen, Washington, Wheeler, Wilcox, and Wilkinson counties are in a Heat Advisory beginning today at 12pm through 8pm.

A Heat Advisory means a period of dangerous heat is expected. Hot temperatures mixed with high humidity creates high heat index values. Heat index values will likely reach near 105° this afternoon.

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Macon County schools announce new superintendent

Macon County schools announce new superintendent

After months of searching, Macon County school board members announced Wednesday they elected Dr. D. Ray Hill as their new superintendent.

Superintendent Secretary Geraldine Northcut says the board voted Hill in Tuesday evening.

Dr. Hill succeeds Dr. Carolyn Medlock, who is retiring.

The search for a new superintendent began in April with the assistance of the state board of education.

Macon County schools announce new superintendent


After months of searching, Macon County school board members announced Wednesday they elected Dr. D. Ray Hill as their new superintendent.

Superintendent Secretary Geraldine Northcut says the board voted Hill in Tuesday evening.

Dr. Hill succeeds Dr. Carolyn Medlock, who is retiring.

The search for a new superintendent began in April with the assistance of the state board of education.

Northcut says the process began with 21 applicants, which then narrowed down to 8, then 5, then 3 before Hill was chosen.

Dr. Hill is a Marine Corps veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm before his career as an educator.

He worked in several Atlanta area school systems and Valdosta before his position as superintendent in Greene County.

Hill's first day of work will be Monday, August 25.


McDonald's coffee to hit supermarkets

McDonald's coffee to hit supermarkets

(USA TODAY)Not too many years ago, this would have been unthinkable:  buying a bag of McDonald’s-branded coffee at the grocery store.