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CAIRO — Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to surge in Grady County, and health officials are reporting that more than 200 instances of the virus have been identified as of Thursday morning.

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Following a nationwide search, Archbold Medical Center has announced Darcy Craven as the health system’s next president and CEO. He will succeed Perry Mustian, who will retire after 20 years with Archbold, the last 12 as president and CEO. Craven’s first day at Archbold will be August 24, 2020. 

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TALLAHASSEE - As Floridians prepare for Fourth of July celebrations, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees is calling on residents to respect social distancing guidelines and avoid house parties that put communities at risk.

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MOULTRIE – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday evening that the Georgia High School Association would ease restrictions on sports teams beginning Monday, July 6.

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MOULTRIE, Ga. -- A search warrant tied two suspects to drugs as Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators in the wake of a completed operation on June 17. One was also charged with animal cruelty after a dead puppy was found in the yard.

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ATLANTA — As Gov. Brian Kemp travels Georgia encouraging residents to wear masks to prevent further spread of COVID-19, health experts are pleading with people to wear them.

DALTON, Ga. — Organizers of the popular Off the Rails Concert Series held at the Burr Performing Arts Park in downtown Dalton have canceled this year's series due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

VALDOSTA – Attorneys suing the City of Valdosta and its police department in an excessive use of force case are now calling on the mayor to resign. 

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MOULTRIE, Ga. — The news seems to be all bad. Coronavirus and racial discord dominate, with smatterings of other crises at home and abroad.

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton Public Works Department Director Andrew Parker said Monday the department could repair crumbling stonework in masonry in city-owned West Hill Cemetery. But he said that because many of the damaged and decaying walls and steps are in a historic district he'd like to work with experts in historic preservation to develop a plan to address that work.

ATLANTA — After Georgia saw record high COVID-19 case numbers during the weekend, Gov. Brian Kemp extended restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

(The Center Square) — Hours after Florida suspended alcohol sales at bars after another record-setting day for new coronavirus cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated he will not issue a statewide mask order nor scale back the state’s reopening plan.

ATLANTA — Facing a budget plagued with cuts amid the economic impact of COVID-19, the General Assembly passed a plan that completely eliminates furloughs but cuts $950 million from K-12 schools.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock.

DALTON, Ga. — With a state shelter-in-place order expiring for most Georgians on May 1, people started getting back out out of their homes, and that was reflected in an increase in traffic accidents, according to the Dalton Police Department.

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton High School's staff and students have grown accustomed to hearing all announcements from Steve Bartoo prefaced by the phrase, "It is a beautiful, glorious Catamount day." That will be notably absent next year, as the principal — and nearly 30-year fixture at the school — is retiring, effective at the end of this month.

ATLANTA — A handful of lawmakers fought tooth and nail to avoid cuts to their own salaries but budget writers said the pay cuts are necessary to true-up the budget.

(The Center Square) — Florida hotels lost more than $3.5 billion in revenue between March and May, and nearly 40 percent of the 2.1 million Floridians who filed unemployment claims between March 15 and April 21 worked in tourism-generated jobs, according to Visit Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard…

BERLIN, Ga. — PCL Construction Services, Inc., one of the largest contractors in North America, announced Wednesday that the company has begun construction on the 20-megawatt Odom Solar Farm, located near the town of Berlin in eastern Colquitt County.

VARNELL, Ga. — Qualifying for a Nov. 3 special election for the unexpired term of Ashlee Godfrey on the Varnell City Council is Monday, July 27, to Wednesday, July 29, at City Hall.

(The Center Square) — Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has asked hospitals to revise how they report COVID-19 demand for intensive care unit beds, changing the emphasis from the number of available beds to the “acuity” of patients in those beds.

(The Center Square) — With less than a week before Florida’s new fiscal year begins, Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to slash the $93.2 billion budget lawmakers adopted in March with the “veto equivalent of the Red Wedding from ‘Game of Thrones.’”

DALTON, Ga. — Some members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners and the Dalton City Council agreed in January to seek a study of ways their two fire departments could work better together, reduce costs and improve services, particularly how they handle medical calls.

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton State College is preparing to return to campus for face-to-face instruction for fall semester, which begins in August, with physical distancing guidelines and strengthened health and safety protocols in place. And there’s still time for students to enroll.

THOMASVILLE — Monday night's severe storm was expected to cause power outages. Thomasville Utilities crews were out all night restoring power.

CAIRO — Grady County Administrator Buddy Johnson plans to meet with theSouthwest Georgia (SOWEGA) Council on Aging later this month to discuss how Grady County’s senior center can be saved.

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Alton "Dennis" Bonds, Jr., age 54, of Live Oak, FL, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was a native and life-long resident of Live Oak and a graduate of Suwannee High School class of 1983. Dennis worked as a surveyor for the Suwannee County Property…

Scott lived a life of hard work and adventure beginning with a four-year career in the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS Dewey-a Farragut-class guided missile destroyer-as an Operations Specialist focusing on a wide range of shipboard warfare operations and moving through the rank…

Elizabeth Allison Evans, 94, Live Oak, FL passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020. She was born in Live Oak and was a member of Westwood Baptist Church. Mrs. Evans is survived by her daughter: Jean Rehkop, Live Oak; four sons: Richard (Pat) Evans, Donald Evans, Mitchell (Pam) Evans, John (Gwe…