Reported paddling at Wilkinson County school being investigated

The Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a paddling at a Wilkinson County middle school. Sheriff Richard Chatman says the paddling happened last Wednesday. Chatman said the 7th grade student received three whacks from assistant principal Chad Elder. The 13-year-old student filed a complaint a few days later. Chatman said the boy suffered bruising but did not see a doctor afterwards. Under the school's policy, a child cannot be paddled unless a parent signs a waiver form at the start of the school year. Parents are to be notified before the child is paddled.

Bleckley County student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

A Bleckley County High School student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but school and health officials say the case does not endanger public health. Dr. Lawton Davis, district health director for the South Central Health District, says the girl became ill over the Christmas holiday break and has not returned to class. Bleckley County school officials contacted health authorities immediately last week after the girl’s condition became known. Public health officials are monitoring the case.

Bibb School District will offer workshops

The Bibb County School District’s Parent Academy will begin offering courses and one day workshops on topics such as college and financial aid planning, standardized testing strategies, homework tips and other subjects beginning Tuesday January 21. All courses offered through the Parent Academy and materials are provided at no cost to participants. Guests are asked to register for course by Friday January 17. Unless otherwise noted on the course list all classes will be held at the Welcome Center or Parent-Teacher Resource Center located at 2003 Riverside Drive in Macon. To register for classes or to learn more about the academy call 478-779-3717 or visit www.bibb.k12.ga.us.

Judge denies change of venue motion in 2013 murder case

Judge Howard Simms denied a motion Monday to move the trial of a man charged with the 2013 shooting death of a 17-year-old outside downtown Macon’s Zodiac Lounge. 31-year-old Andre Bonner is charged with murder and gang and gun charges stemming from the July 5 death of Jamonni Bland. Bonner is one of eight people charged in the case. Another man, 28-year-old John Michael Hollingshed Jr., is accused of shooting 21-year-old Deion Davis eight times. Davis survived the shooting. Raines has filed a speedy trial demand in the case, meaning that the trial must be held before the end of the court’s June trial term.

Georgia's Todd Grantham leaves for job at Louisville

After Alabama confirmed the hiring of Lane Kiffin as its new offensive coordinator on Saturday, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham announced Sunday that he is leaving to take a similar job on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville. Grantham's defense was the target of much criticism over the past few years, particularly in 2013. There was no immediate word from the Georgia campus on when the search for Grantham's replacement will begin, or whether there is a preferred candidate. In another SEC move, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has accepted the head coaching job at Penn State.

immy Walker rallies to win Sony Open

Jimmy Walker shot a closing round 63 to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by one shot over Chris Kirk, a former Georgia Bulldog. Walker picked up a first place check of $1,008,000 and takes the early FedEx points lead. Jerry Kelly finished two shots back with a closing round of 65, and third round leader Harris English, another former Bulldog, was another shot back after a closing round of 67. Defending champion Russell Henley, who won the tournament last year in his first PGA event as a professional, was never in the hunt after shooting an opening round 73 put him well back in the field. Henley rallied for a 65 on Friday to make the cut, but was never in contention to repeat as tournament champion. Henley, too, is a former Georgia star. Matt Kuchar, the popular former Georgia Tech star, finished in a 10-way tie for eighth place.

NFL championship finals are set

It will be Seattle hosting San Francisco in the NFC and New England going to Denver in the AFC after conference semi-finals were played last weekend. Seattle held New Orleans scoreless for three quarters in a 23-15 win in one NFC semifinal, and yesterday, San Francisco beat Carolina 23-10 to win the other finals spot. On Saturday, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots manhandled the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 in one semi final, and on Sunday, Denver kept San Diego off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter, then held off a Chargers' comeback effort to win 24-17.

Builders for new Military and Academic Training Center are chosen

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved companies to build a veterans training center. The board approved a design firm, a project manager and a construction company for the $10 million Military and Academic Training Center, also called the Gateway Center. Parrish Construction of Perry was selected to build the 50,000-square-foot facility on 40 acres on Wall Street, donated by the city of Warner Robins. Parramore & Quinn Inc. of Snellville was selected as the program manager of the project and JMA Architecture of Perry was selected for the design. The Legislature approved the funding for the center to help reduce unemployment among veterans entering the civilian workforce. A smaller veterans training center is also being planned in Hinesville.The center will help veterans and current military members find jobs, transfer academic credits, and enroll in colleges and technical schools. Groundbreaking is expected in September or October.

bibb Sheriff's office investigating death of inmate

The Bibb Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex Friday afternoon. According to a news release, inmates were in their cells waiting for the evening meals to be served. When staff arrived at the cell of 34-year-old William Giles III, he appeared to be asleep. When staff attempted to wake Giles, he was unresponsive. According to investigators, there were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death. Giles was arrested on October 16, 2013, for aggravated assault and arson.

Macn man charged with murder says it was self defense

A 42-year-old Macon man charged with murder in the 2013 shooting death of a man on Adams Avenue claims he acted in self-defense. Thursday, a Bibb County judge denied bond for Keith Valentino Jackson. Jackson is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Brandon Jordan in the head and torso April 9. Two other men were injured in the shooting. Bobby Bearden, Jackson’s lawyer, asked that Jackson’s bond be reduced to $20,000 from $150,000. Judge Tripp Self denied the request.

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