Behind The News Podcast – April 3, 2020

BREAKING DOWN THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS:  In this week’s podcast, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman break down all you need to know about COVID-19 in South Georgia, including:  The Governor’s Shelter-in-Place order (3:02); Pearson emergency order (5:00); schools closing for year and other school news (11:39); Census 2020 (17:56); Election challenges in Lanier County, and if the…

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County order includes ‘Voluntary Stay Safe at Home’ policy

Today at noon, a “Local Emergency Management Purpose Order” went into effect for all of Clinch County, implementing a “Voluntary Stay Safe at Home” policy. The order was signed by Clinch County Commission Chairman Roger Mettts, and went into effect today (March 31) at noon, and will end at noon on April 30. The order…

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City approves curfew in ‘Emergency Ordinance’

The City of Homerville is now under a curfew, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., as the Homerville City Council approved an “Emergency Ordinance” to address concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ordinance, approved at a rare outdoor called meeting of the council Thursday, calls for a 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. curfew inside…

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Behind The News podcast – March 26, 2020

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS POD:  In this week’s podcast, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman discuss: All you need to know about local and state efforts with the COVID-19 coronavirus (2:32); Public schools to be closed until April 24 (5:19); The South Georgia Coronavirus Information Page (16:10); Clinch man arrested in sexual assault of chicken (17:56); Two people injured after…

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Man arrested for sexually assaulting a chicken

A Clinch County man is facing a felony bestiality charge after being caught on video having sex with a chicken. Reinaldo Pineda, 69, of a Chester Mattox Road address, was charged with bestiality on Tuesday, March 17, by the Clinch County Sheriff’s Department. Three days later, on Friday, March 20, Pineda was also charged with…

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Community steps up to feed local school children

                                                          Clinch Countians stepped up last week as a community to fill a need in the wake of coronavirus closures – feeding the county’s school children.  After…

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First case of coronavirus in Clinch County confirmed

A Clinch County man has been confirmed positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19. The test was confirmed Friday night, according to a press release from Clinch Memorial Hospital. Clinch Memorial Hospital CEO Angela Ammons said the man (who is in his early 50s and in good health) used the hospitals’ drive-thru screening station on March 17.…

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South Georgia Coronavirus Information Center

Below are stories or links to information concerning the COVID-19 Coronavius for the citizens of Clinch, Atkinson, Lanier, and Echols counties, provided and organized by your community newspaper (Clinch County News, Atkinson County Citizen, Lanier County Advocate, and Echols County Echo).  We will update information as it becomes available, but you are welcome to add…

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Sheriff’s race highlights local election slate

  Clinch County voters will have six local contests to decide this year.  Qualifying ended Friday at noon for this year’s local county elections, with six contested races, and a number of other newcomers qualifying for elective office. The most heavily-contested race will be for Clinch County Sheriff, as three challengers qualified to run against…

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