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ATLANTA -- September is National Preparedness Month, and the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division is here to assist Georgians with free legal assistance for anyone who is impacted by a disaster or other emergency but cannot afford to hire an attorney.

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THOMASVILLE — The downtown Thomasville semi-annual Sidewalk Sale will be held Sept. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Visitors may explore all that downtown Thomasville has to offer, on and off the brick-paved streets, as participating merchants feature deals and steals on everything from antiques to trendy clothing and lots more.

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MACON – United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles peeler said a convicted felon, caught with a loaded illegal weapon when law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call, has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm illegally.

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp signed Executive Order 09.15.20.01 Tuesday, extending current COVID-19 restrictions and issuing guidance for long-term care facility visitation. The new Executive Order takes effect on Wednesday at noon and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

ATLANTA (WGCL) -- Georgia Institute of Technology has created a new school focused on cybersecurity and privacy. It is the first of its kind among top research universities and will build on the school's considerable investments in cybersecurity and privacy education and research.

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s State Election Board referred a number of longstanding voter fraud cases to the state Attorney General’s office during a recent hearing. Chaired by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the State Election Board processed 98 outstanding cases involving various voting administration and integrity issues dating as far back as 2014. Among the cases are individuals accused of double-voting during the 2016 presidential election, and individuals investigated for submitting absentee ballots on behalf of children or the deceased.

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ATLANTA — Even with new technology and new procedures, one thing has not changed about Georgia elections: Those who will have the most direct impact on achieving a smooth, successful election day are the poll managers and workers who will staff Georgia’s 3100 precincts on Nov. 3.

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ALBANY — SOWEGA Rising will host, in collaboration with the city of Albany, the Albany Dougherty Complete Count Committee and Ward VI Commissioner Demetrius Young, “A Civic Celebration!” This event will take place at Mary Young Cummings Memorial Park in south Albany on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

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MABLETON — The SAE School teaches preschool to 8th-grade through all subjects with a focus on Science, Art, and Entrepreneurship. Since its opening in 2013, the school has used hands-on learning experiences and a project-based learning methodology to educate its students.

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ATLANTA — With a recent increase in reports regarding scams and fraud by criminals posing as Georgia Power employees, the company is reminding customers to be aware and follow simple tips to avoid being a target.

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ATLANTA – Community Movement Builders, an organizing collective in the historic southwest Pittsburgh community of Atlanta, has started a community cop-watch and safety patrol in the neighborhood. The purpose of the patrol is to prevent police harassment by shining a spotlight on policing activities, raising community members’ awareness and assertion of their rights, and creating a buffer that reduces entanglement with the criminal justice system.

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ATLANTA — Despite assurances it would do so, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has yet to turn over data to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office that it used to claim that, in 2019, the state wrongly canceled the registrations of “198,351 Georgia voters who supposedly moved from their registration addresses who, in fact, have not moved at all.”

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MACON — A convicted felon caught with an illegal firearm and ammunition during the execution of a state search warrant was sentenced to prison this week, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles Peeler said.

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MACON – The city of Americus and the Mitchell County Board of Education received $500,000 each from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced this week. Nationally, the COPS Office SVPP awarded nearly $50 million in school safety funding.

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While summer winds down, some of the hard-working pollinators are still on the job, like this butterfly checking out a lemon tree in Albany.

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ATHENS — Nick T. Place, an academic leader with a record of applying research-based expertise to the needs of agricultural producers and communities, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the UGA Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations.

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BAXLEY — The Appling County NAACP is calling for the removal of Sheriff Mark Melton and the termination of District Attorney Jackie Johnson as a result in the wrongful death of Kelsey Rayner, who was denied medical attention for a ruptured colon on the floor of a jail cell.