Friday, February 26, 2021
FOLKS ALSO BOOKED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE AFTER THE GSP SAID HE WAS TRAVELING AT EXCESSIVE SPEED, CROSSED THE CENTER LINE ON WET PAVEMENT AND HIS FORD TRUCK HIT TALMADGE'S GMC SONOMA HEAD-ON NEAR DEL RAY AND EAST MOORE'S CROSSING.
On July 31st, 2010, WTGA/Fun 101 launched this web page for Local News. There were eight news articles posted that first day.
Now 10 years, 6 months and 26 days later the news site has recorded more than 3 million views and is currently averaging over 60,000 a month, at that rate, the next million will only take a little over 16 months. The total number of news stories published as of this morning is 3,313.
The most viewed story since the site launched was on March 9, 2017 following the tragic death of two employees of a private company doing consulting work for Upson Regional Medical Center in an accident in Pike county. The story was viewed over 19,900 times.
JOSEPH LAWSON A QUAD GRAPHICS EMPL0YEE, IN HIS 40'S PERISHED IN THE FIRE AND HIS WIFE CORINA SAID THEY AWOKE TO HEAVY SMOKE IN THE HOUSE AND THERE WAS HEAVY FIRE IN THE KITCHEN.
CHIEF HARRIS SAID ARSON IS NOT SUSPECTED BUT THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.
Positivity rates for all testing done in Upson County have also declined in February but not enough to get Upson out of the Red Zone. Average 2-week positivity for February is currently 11%, lower than the record 21% in January, but still much higher than October’s 5%. Upson’s average is right in line with the State’s 11% average so far in February.
In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Department of Public Health Administrative Orders, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Red Zone counties must follow the guidelines for Phase 1 Reopening, the most restrictive phase. Visitation in Phase 1 is restricted to window visits only, except for essential medical personnel. Any resident trips outside the facility are to be avoided unless medically necessary. Entry of beauticians or barbers is prohibited. Upson County has been in the Red Zone since the first week of December.
Sources: Georgia Department of Public Health (https://dph.georgia.gov/ ),
District 4 Public Health (https://www.district4health.org/), and Georgia’s Office of the Governor (https://gov.georgia.gov/)
District 4 Drive-Thru Testing at Upson Regional
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
The recreation drive that provides access to the soccer fields will temporarily be converted to a two-way route ( currently one way) and will be utilized as a detour for east bound traffic traveling on Triune Mill Rd to route motorists to State Route 74. Motorists are urged to use caution while utilizing the detour and traveling through recreational facilities.
As district engineer, Presley was responsible for 522 personnel across 31 counties. Under his leadership, District 3 administered and has produced several highly impactful projects including the I-75 Express Lanes in Henry County, the implementation of the Fall Line Freeway and the I-16/I-75 interchange in Bibb County. Presley directed District 3 to be the first region to install and administer a traffic management center outside of Atlanta. He is well-known for his support of innovative intersections and improved signal operations, which have made West Central Georgia a model for other regions and municipalities across the state.
Presley is known for his forward-focused, innovative programs and projects. He authored several white papers and presented at multiple conferences for industry organizations including the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. In 2020 he was honored with the Carl Bevins Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Institute of Transportation Engineers for his support of progressive traffic operations throughout his career.
"It's an honor to have served as district engineer," says Michael Presley. "It wasn't just a career for me, it was a calling. Now that I'm retiring, I'm following another calling. I'll never stop being proud of the team we built at District 3 and their potential as they continue to move forward."
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
THE FIRE CHIEF SAID LAWSON AND HIS WIFE AWOKE TO THE SMELL OF SMOKE AND BOTH EXITED THE HOUSE, THEN MR. LAWSON WENT BACK INSIDE TO GET THE CAR KEYS TO MOVE HIS VEHICLE AND HE APPARENTLY WAS TRAPPED. HIS BODY WAS LOCATED IN A BEDROOM AT THE FRONT OF THE RENTAL HOUSE.
THE BODY WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE GBI CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.
By Megan Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach
NORFOLK, Va. - A Zebulon, Georgia, native is serving aboard USS Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship conducting training in Norfolk, Virginia.
Petty Officer Third Class Kaitlyn Dublin is a 2015 Pike County High School graduate. Today, Dublin serves as a hospital corpsman.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
|Tyler Alan Cawthon|
This case remains active and under investigation.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
UPSON-LEE HEAD COACH STEPHANIE RAINES TOLD 101 NEWS SHE IS UNSURE WHO THE LADY KNIGHTS WILL PLAY ON TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY AFTER THOSE TWO TEAMS HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. BEACH WON THE GAME AND WAS TO PLAY JOHNSON FRIDAY NIGHT. THE SAVANNAH HIGH COACH TOLD 101 NEWS FRIDAY--HE IS UNDER A GAG ORDER ISSUED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CANNOT COMMENT.
“The effects of COVID-19 have hit many Georgians hard financially,” Governor Brian Kemp said. “In addition to protecting lives, we have to protect livelihoods so that Georgians can continue to have economic opportunity. I am pleased to be able to provide this rental relief to renters and landlords who have been impacted the most.”
The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will administer the State of Georgia Rental Assistance (GRA) program, which will be subject to US Treasury guidelines (which are still under development). The payment will be made directly to the landlords and utility providers. Payments generally may not exceed 12 months, but some households may qualify for a total of 15 months under certain circumstances.
In general, households meeting all following criteria will be eligible:
▪ Qualified for unemployment benefits or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to COVID-19; and
▪ Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
▪ Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with priority given to: 1) households below 50 percent of the AMI, or 2) households with one or more individuals who have been unemployed 90 days or longer at the time of application
The CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended until March 31, meaning that no one should be evicted solely for non-payment of rent until that date. Visit GeorgiaLegalAid.org for more information.
DCA anticipates launching the public application portal in March, and additional program details will be available soon.
At the end of January, HARBORVIEW and RIVERSIDE Nursing Homes had zero COVID-positive residents, but there were 2 positive residents at PROVIDENCE. Those 2 residents have now recovered and Providence has reported no new cases. None of the nursing homes have reported any new positive staff cases in February. All 3 nursing homes are now COVID-free!
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Thursday, February 18, 2021
IN AN INTERVIEW WITH 101 NEWS, MIKE TOLD US HE WANTED TO GET THE IDA, CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS, AND THE EMC BOARD IN ONE ROOM TO CONCENTRATE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FROM A TO Z. THE MEETING INCLUDED TWO OTHER CONSULTANTS ON ZOOM, MARKETING EXPERT DANIEL NEIDORF AND CARL NELSON A SITE SELECTION GURU.
THE LATE BILL THOMAS WAS MAYOR WHEN SHE WAS FIRST EMPLOYED, AND SHE HAS WORKED WITH 7 MAYORS INCLUDING CURRENT MAYOR J.D. STALLINGS, 6 CITY MANAGERS AND 29 CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
LAMAR COUNTY S.O. INVESTIGATORS SAID MEGAN MCNAIR, 35 OF 246 OLD ALABAMA ROAD, MILNER WAS IN THE CAB OF A PICK-UP WITH HER BOYFRIEND, 53-YEAR OLD JERRY SPIRES AND WAS ASLEEP WHEN THEY PULLED UP AT THEIR RESIDENCE THURSDAY NIGHT.
February 15, 2021
From the Georgia Department of Public Health
For middle Georgia’s District 4 Public Health, February has brought a significant decline in positive case numberssince the record-setting highs in December and January; however, cases are still much higher than they were in all the previous months of the pandemic with the exception of the summer peak in late July to early August. Hospitalizations and deaths and across the District remain extremely high.
Upson County reported 76 new cases for the first half of February, a dramatic decline since the huge surges during the last half of December and the whole month of January. For the combined area including Upson and its bordering counties, 476 positive cases were reported, also a dramatic decline since December. The lowest case numbers for both Upson and its bordering counties were seen in May, June, September, October, and November of last year.
There were 7 new deaths reported for Upson County, a decline since the 12 deaths reported the last half of January, but an increase over all the other previous half months since last April and May. For the 8-county area there were a total of 29 deaths, less than January’s 34 deaths, but still the 3rd highest death toll on record.
Meriwether County reported the most new cases at 115, followed by Monroe at 92, and Upson at 76. Taylor and Talbot Counties had the fewest cases at 21 and 19.
Meriwether County also reported the most new deaths at 13, and Upson County had the next highest death toll at 7. Pike, Lamar, Monroe, Crawford, Taylor and Talbot Counties only had 1 or 2 deaths each.
Based on average 2-week test positivity, 4 counties in the area remain in the Red Zone: Upson, Pike, Monroe, and Meriwether. At the end of January, Crawford County was the only county in the Yellow Zone, but now Lamar, Taylorand Talbot Counties have also moved up to the Yellow Zone
March 1-31, 2020
April 1 – 15
April 16 – 30
May 1 – 15
May 16 – 31
June 1 – 15
June 16 – 30
July 1 – 15
July 16 – 31
Aug 1 – 15
Aug 16 – 31
Sept 1 – 15
Sept 16 – 30
Oct 1 – 15
Oct 16 – 31
Nov 1 – 15
Nov 16 – 30
Dec 1 – 15
Dec 16 – 31
Jan 1-15, 2021
Jan 16 – 31
Feb 1 – 15
Source: Daily Reports from GA Department of Public
FEBRUARY 1 – 15, 2021
Source: Daily Reports from GA Dept of Public Health