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Former Milledgeville mayor seeking House seat


Former Milledgeville Mayor Floyd Griffin said Thursday he plans to run for the District 145 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Griffin, a retired U.S. Army colonel, served in the state Senate four years before leaving the post to run for lieutenant governor. After that, Griffin was elected mayor of Milledgeville and served a four-year term. He ran for mayor again last year, finishing a close second in a runoff.

The District 145 seat is currently held by Independent Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville. Kidd is expected to seek re-election.

Qualifying for General Assembly seats is scheduled next month. Griffin, 71, said there are a few things he has to consider before making a final decision. But he said he definitely intends to seek the position.



Milledgeville manhunt ends thanks to school resource officer






Thursday night around 6 p.m., Milledgeville Police say they responded to a dispute at Oconee Regional Medical Center between Elias Clark and his girlfriend. Clark left the scene when police arrived, so they went to his home, and when they arrived there, officials say he fled again. Police say they then discovered that Clark violated a 'stay away' order from his girlfriend.

That's when the hunt for Clark picked up.

During the night, officials say Clark stole a car then wrecked it after a Baldwin County officer chased him for speeding. They called out a K-9 unit, but the trail went cold.

That was until 8 a.m. Friday morning when Milledgeville school resource officer, Lieutenant Reenae Gray, said she had him detained.

Milledgeville man arrested after overnight search

A Milledgeville man is now in custody after evading officers overnight.

Elias David Clark is now in the Baldwin County jail after allegedly stealing a car, wrecking it and fleeing officers several times. According to a police news release, officers responded to a disturbance at Oconee Regional Medical Center but found that Clark had left before they arrived.

Log truck tips over on Milledgeville highway

A log truck tipped over on Fall Line Freeway in Milledgeville Friday afternoon.

The driver, Greg White, said he wasn't going very fast but the freeway bank is slanted, not level, and that's what caused him to tip over.

The fire truck is on scene and it's blocking the roadway. The logs fell into the median.

No one was hurt.

Mayor: No new complaints on Capital City Bar

Milledgeville Mayor Gary Thrower believes the turmoil surrounding a controversial bar has simmered down.

For the past 8 months, we've reported on complaints from individuals saying Capital City Bar discriminates against black people.

Tuesday night, Thrower told us the city has not heard any complaints or plans for protests recently.

"We've gone to the owner and asked him to make sure these kinds of practices weren't followed, and to my knowledge, things are working better," said Thrower.

Last year, several Georgia College students and Milledgeville locals came forward, accusing the bar of using dress codes to restrict blacks from entering.

Baldwin County deputies seeking armed robbery suspect

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who was involved in an armed robbery Wednesday around 1 a.m.

According to a Facebook post, it happened at Flash Foods Store on Highway 49.

The suspect is described to be a heavy set man and 5'3 to 5'6 in height.

Anyone with any information on the suspect's identity can call the tip line at 478-445-5102.

Baldwin County training new firefighters

Baldwin County Fire and Rescue held their first training session of the new year Monday night. 

"Anyone who wants to help other folks, we're going to try to help them," says Fire Instructor Billy Benzur. 

About 30 hopeful graduates met to learn more about what they can expect over the next several months. 

They have nine full-time employees, and Benzur says at least 15 people are needed at a typical emergency scene. 

They do have about 90 volunteers, but he says they need a wider pool of qualified people to protect the county.

"Clearly, we would like to have the highest ratio of public safety officials to citizens as possible," Benzur says.

Along with the textbook lessons in the classroom, the applicants will get hands-on training with the equipment and by practicing different scenarios.