The Georgia Department of Public Safety has reported that 13 people lost their lives on the state’s roads over the 102-hour New Year’s holiday travel period, which began Wednesday, December 31st at 6 pm and ended last night at midnight. Ten of those fatalities were investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, while three were investigated by local agencies. There were no fatalities in Troop A, which covers Northwest Georgia.
The big story in the world of sports nationwide is the death of longtime ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. Scott was not only a fixture in the world of sports, he also had a substantial impact on pop culture. He was honored for his fight against cancer as the recipient of the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards back in July.
The NFL postseason is officially underway! In Wild Card scores from over the weekend –
Georgia motorists welcomed the New Year with gas prices below the $2 mark at some filling stations, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, which anticipates that 2015 could be a year of major savings at the pump after record-high oil production in 2014 pushed crude oil and gas prices to the lowest level in six years.
Eight local ‘unsung heroes’ have been selected as the recipients of the 2015 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. Honorees include the following individuals: Chris Carey, Ali Freeman, Ruth Forrester, Randy Quick and Evelyn Hamilton. Local businesses Darlington School and Coosa Valley Credit Union are also among this year’s award recipients, along with Board of Governors Honoree Dr. J. Paul Ferguson.
Berry College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will resume play in their 2014-2015 season this week, and broadcast coverage will be provided on WLAQ AM 1410.