After couple found dead in Waycross home, son of woman and his wife charged with felony murder: GBI
Two days after a man and woman were found dead in their home in the Waycross area, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that the son of the woman and the son’s wife were arrested and each charged with two counts of felony murder.
What Ware County voters will see on the primary ballot
The much-covered governor, U.S. Senate and secretary of state races are on the primary ballot across Georgia, along with a dozen other statewide offices you can learn about here. Ware County voters, especially Republicans, will also see state Senate, state House, and several local offices on their ballot.
Results from elections in Brunswick, other local races in Georgia
The first Tuesday of November is traditionally Election Day and there are high-profile races like the Virginia governor’s race that are getting a lot of attention. In odd number years, many cities and some counties also fill their elective offices.
Coronavirus case surges force school closures
Several counties across the U.S. have temporarily suspended school because of a surge in coronavirus cases among students and faculty early in the academic year.Why it matters: Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NBC this week he believes more schools will close due to COVID-19 than last year because the Delta variant spreads with greater ease than other versions of the virus.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insightsnews.yahoo.com
Gov. Kemp tours Waycross vaccination site, gets his shot
WAYCROSS, Ga. – In an effort to encourage Georgians outside the metro Atlanta area to get vaccines, Gov. Brian Kemp traveled to Waycross on Friday afternoon to tour the mass vaccination site at the Waycross Mall and then receive his COVID-19 vaccine. The largest vaccination site in Southeast Georgia opened just over a week ago. LINKS: myvaccinegeorgia.com | Georgia county vaccination appointments | vaccinefinder.orgGeorgia had previously limited eligibility to people 55 and older, people with serious health conditions and those who are overweight and obese. Kemp said earlier this week the state was ready to expand eligibility to the broadest possible population, saying supplies of the vaccine continued to rise and he was confident that enough older adults had been vaccinated.
Ware County triggers early release schedule today over severe weather warnings
All Ware County schools will follow their early release schedules Thursday because of the chance for severe storms moving through the area in the afternoon when students would normally be heading home, district officials announced Thursday morning. DAFFODIL and elementary schools will release at 10:30 a.m., middle schools will release at 11 a.m., and the high school will release at 11:30 a.m. All after-school events are canceled Thursday. Models continue to bring the squall line into inland Southeast Georgia and I-75 around noon and push it eastward to the Atlantic Coast early around sunset. News4Jax has declared a Weather Alert Day from Noon to 7 p.m. with a focus across Southeast Georgia. The storms are currently expected to track across the Waycross area from 1 to 2 p.m.
Ware County voters retain interim sheriff in special election after sheriff’s death
WARE COUNTY, Ga. – In a special election Tuesday for the county’s top law enforcement position, Ware County voters opted to retain interim Sheriff Carl James. James, who was deputy sheriff, became interim sheriff in mid-January when longtime Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal died after a short illness. James received 3,971 votes. His opponent, fellow Republican Chris Tatum, received 1,340 votes, according to Ware Elections. Tatum is a retired law enforcement officer.
1 year after Georgia reported its first coronavirus cases, the state’s total reaches 819,730
At least 15,148 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported across the state, including 80 new deaths added Monday on the state’s status report. The state reported 50 additional hospitalizations Monday, bringing the total for the year to 56,089. Over the year since the pandemic reached Georgia, about one of every 13 residents have tested positive for coronavirus. His 20-year career was honored with a parade that passed right by the house of Linda Thompson, Gibb’s mother. On Monday, Georgia reported 2,060,352 vaccines have been given in the state, with nearly 1.3 people having received their first dose and almost 778,318 have both shots.
Georgia surpasses 14,000 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 1,872 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, a total of 794,349 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. The agency on Tuesday reported 180 additional confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 -- including one in Charlton County, one in Glynn County and two in Ware County -- bringing the state’s total to 14,176 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic. Ad(Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Spring Break camps: Fun places to send your kids when they’re out of school
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Spring Break is less than a month away. Depending on your county, students will be out of school anywhere from three to six days for Spring Break in March or April. Alison Peters-Carlson with Jax4Kids.com said her team is noticing more camps offering single-day options. AdFor highlights of camps available this year, watch the interview at the top of this page. For a full breakdown of available camps, click here.
210 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths recorded in Southeast Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 4,943 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 151 were reported in Glynn County and 59 were reported in the other five Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax. As of Tuesday, a total of 689,676 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. Georgia was reporting a total of 138,768 antigen positive cases and 1,317 “probable” deaths on Tuesday. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal dies
Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal died on Wednesday after a short illness, according to his obituary. According to a post by the Georgia Law Enforcement Organization, his death was not duty or COVID-related. “On behalf of the Mayor, County Commissioners, and the City of Waycross we mourn the loss of our dear brother in service, Sheriff Randy Royal. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheriff Royal and his family and friends. “Having held every position, I am the most qualified to serve as your sheriff,” Royal wrote on his campaign website.
Challenges await Ware County schools as students return to classrooms
Ware County Schools said its return-to-school plans are designed to be flexible so it can quickly adjust as needed. WAYCROSS, Ga. – As Ware County students prepare to return to school on Monday, the school board held a short meeting Wednesday morning to discuss some of the challenges that could follow. Ware County closed its schools three days before winter break was scheduled to begin due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among staff members, bus drivers and students. “We are trying to do all we can to help employees with the leave,” Smith said. School officials said Waycross hospital Memorial Satilla Health was diverting possible ER and ICU patients due to capacity issues.
Olivia Sharpe honored as All-Star Athlete
Olivia Sharpe is on the basketball and track and field teams at Ware County High School. Olivia is a member of the Waycross Bank and Trust Junior Board of Directors, the South Georgia State College Sport Club and the Ware County High School Beta Club. Olivia’s volunteer activities include working at the Ruskin Elementary field day, Wacona Fall Festival and the Satilla Nursing Home. Olivia currently has a 3.8 GPA.
Ware County schools closing due to rising COVID cases
Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among staff members, bus drivers and students, Ware County schools announced Tuesday that elementary and middle school students would not return to school for the rest of the week, starting the holiday break three days early. High school students will attend a half-day on Wednesday to take finals, then be out for the rest of the year. All Ware County school employees will report to work on Wednesday to perform a deep cleaning before being dismissed at 1 pm. Both Ware County middle schools went virtual last month due to staff members’ exposure to COVID. All Ware County schools are scheduled to reopen on Jan. 4.
Classes canceled Nov. 20 for Ware County students due to cleaning of school campuses, buses
School will not be in session Friday, Nov. 20, for Ware County students, the school district announced Monday. That’s because the school district said it will be observing a Staff Work Day that day. And due to staffing shortages caused by COVID-19, Ware County’s middle schools -- Ware County Middle School and Waycross Middle School -- will be closed to in-person learning for the next two weeks but will continue digital instruction. All middle school athletic and extra-curricular activities will be canceled during the closure. Middle school students will return to classrooms on Nov. 30.
COVID-19 exposure prompts staff shortages, closure of Ware County’s middle schools
Due to staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 exposure, both Ware County Middle School and Waycross Middle School will be closed to in-person learning for the next two weeks but will continue digital instruction. All middle school athletic and extra-curricular activities will be canceled during the closure. Middle school students will return to classrooms on Nov. 30. “We have 11 staff members at one school and 20 staff members at another school,” confirmed Page Coker with Ware County Schools. The cooperation of staff members who are asked to quarantine will be helpful in avoiding any further closures.
4 more Southeast Georgia deaths connected to COVID-19
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 51 additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 8,462 since the pandemic began. Four of those deaths were reported in Southeast Georgia: three in Ware County and one in Brantley County. Brantley has reported 43 total deaths. Of those cases, 48 were reported in the Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Another COVID-19 death reported in Ware County
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday reported an additional 1,861 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Saturday, a total of 349,605 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. The state Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 43 additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 7,766. One of the deaths reported Saturday was in Ware County, which has now reported 63 deaths since the pandemic began. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Ware County among Georgia’s hot spots for COVID-19
With 188 additional cases of coronavirus diagnosed in the last two weeks, Ware County is among the counties of concern identified by the Georgia Department of Public Health. There was an additional death and 11 new cases in the county reported Sunday. On Monday, the DPH reported no new deaths in Southeast Georgia among the 29 statewide, but there were five new cases in both Ware and Glynn counties and four additional cases in Brantley County. While Georgia’s caseload increased by only 752 Monday -- the lowest day in October -- the seven-day moving average remains above 1,300 cases and a two-month downward trend in new infections in the state has flattened. On Sunday, Atlantic Public Schools announced they would remain on virtual education through the end of 2020 as the city’s current daily average shows coronavirus continuing to spread.
Vote 2020 anomaly: 23 candidates for 2 US Senate races on Georgia ballot
VOTER’S GUIDE: Races on ballots in SE Georgia counties | Early in-person voting begins this week | 3 ways to vote in GeorgiaGeorgia Gov. She is among 20 candidates in that race -- eight Democrats, six Republicans and six others from smaller parties or not aligned with any party. Stacey Abrams, who came within 2% of defeating Kemp in 2018 and has remained active campaigning for voter registration, has endorsed Warnock. “Don’t anybody get out,” Trump said last month at an event in Cobb County, implying that having two Republicans duking it out in the Senate race would help his own reelection prospects. U.S. Senate (6-year term)The second Senate seat on the ballot is on its normal election cycle.
Georgia passes 7,000 coronavirus-related deaths
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 29 additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 7,021. Three of the deaths reported Wednesday were in Southeast Georgia — two in Camden County and one in Ware County. Of those cases, 44 were reported in the six Southeast Georgia counties tracked by News4Jax. (Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Georgia reports 73 additional coronavirus-related deaths
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 73 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Two of the newly reported deaths were recorded in Southeast Georgia — one in Camden County and one in Ware County. The state Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported an additional 1,017 confirmed COVID-19 cases. (Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Ware County warns students: We know what you’re doing on those computers
WARE COUNTY, Ga. – Ware County Schools issued a warning Friday on Facebook, making sure students know that their activity on school-issued devices is monitored in real time. Families with students participating in school virtually this semester were able to check out technology devices. The district said all internet and Chromebook activity on those devices is tracked and logged by monitoring systems, including websites, searches and all computer activity. The district said the reports on students' activity are available to teachers, administrators and the Ware County Board of Education. “We have received several flags on inappropriate activity, and parents are being notified,” the district wrote in its Facebook post.
Georgia nears 300K confirmed COVID-19 cases
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 24 additional deaths related to COVID-19. The state Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported an additional 2,265 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Wednesday, a total of 299,056 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. (Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
What races will be on your ballot in Southeast Georgia?
While multiple races will appear on every voter’s ballot, Georgia’s biggest prize -- and intrigue -- this election year are the state’s two U.S. Senate seats. Georgia Public Service CommissionSeats on northern and southern districts of the Public Service Commission are on this year’s ballot. BRANTLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER, POST 2: Harold Herndon won in the Republican primary and has no opponent in the general election. Robert Phillips won the job in the Republican primary as no Democrats are running for the job. GLYNN COUNTY CORONER: Incumbent Republican Marck Neu is the only candidate listed on the ballot for this office.
Preschool in Ware County closes after staff member tests positive
Daffodil Preschool Center in Ware County announced Wednesday it would be temporarily closing due to widespread exposure to a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. The preschool will be closed to all students and staff on Thursday and Friday, Ware County School announced on Facebook. It said the school will receive a deep cleaning before its planned reopening on Monday. No additional information was immediately available. Ware County Schools said it would release more info on Facebook as it became known.
Georgia passes 280K confirmed COVID-19 cases
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 48 additional deaths related to COVID-19, including two in Glynn County and one in Ware County. The state on Saturday reported an additional 2,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of Saturday, a total of 281,548 confirmed cases had been reported by the state Department of Public Health. (Note: There are variations in the day-to-day data reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health. At times, cases and deaths are removed from the overall running total reported by the Department of Public Health.)
Moviegoers prepare to mask up in Georgia theaters
GLYNN, Ga. If youre going to the movies in southeast Georgia, you will be required to wear a mask. The Georgia Theatre Company has two theaters in Glynn, one in Camden and one in Ware. Just as other businesses are adapting to the pandemic while opening to customers, so are movie theaters. The Georgia Theatre Company is pledging to be cinema safe, an initiative launched by the National Association of Theatre Owners to follow COVID-19 safety practices. The first major new release, Tenant, directed by Christopher Nolan, is now playing in GTC movie theaters.