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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.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the two people they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Investigators arrested Jabrea Deanna Vason, 21, of Montezuma Thursday after a traffic stop on Macedonia Church Road in Pulaski County.

Eddie McTrail Allen, 32, of Americus, ran from the car on foot prompting a massive manhunt in the area of Macedonia Road and Hwy 26.

Reynolds officer fired after domestic violence arrest

A Reynolds police officer is off the job after being arrested for domestic violence.

Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson says around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night, Christopher Rachalla went to a house in Butler to confront his estranged wife and a friend.

Watson says there was a confrontation and Rachalla hit the estranged wife's car with a flashlight.

Watson says Rachalla left and went to the home of his boss, Reynolds Police Chief Lonnie Holder. Watson says Chief Holder fired Rachalla on the spot and drove him to the jail.

Watson says Rachalla is charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act, simple battery, terroristic threats, 2nd degree criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing, and violation of his oath of office.

Rachalla was in the Taylor county jail Wednesday afternoon, awaiting a bond hearing.

Vienna husband and wife found dead

A Vienna husband and wife were found dead Thursday night.

The GBI is investigating it as a "death investigation," GBI Special-Agent-in-Charge J.T. Ricketson says. He identified the two as Terry and Elois Anderson, but wouldn't comment on how they died until the autopsy results are released.

Vienna police and emergency personnel responded to 315 Tomlinson Street around 11:20 p.m. and found two people who had died at the scene. They called the GBI to assist.

Ricketson says their son, who is under 18 years old, was home at the time.

Authorities believe they've recovered the weapon used at the scene, but are waiting for scientific proof.