Stories by Merritt Melancon

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Student chosen for kick

A graduate student at the University of Georgia has been picked at random from 500,000 entries in Allstate's "60 Seconds of Mayhem" sweepstakes, in which football fans vied for the chance to kick ...
By Merritt Melancon

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Tire scammer targeted elderly Georgians

ATHENS, Ga. -- Police have charged a Norcross man suspected of defrauding elderly drivers across north Georgia with felony theft by deception and exploitation of the elderly.
By Merritt Melancon

Daughter of slain Ga. soldier tried as juvenile

BRASELTON, Ga. -- The 15-year-old who allegedly shot and killed her mother last April inside their Braselton home was tried in Gwinnett County juvenile court last week.
By Merritt Melancon

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Georgia personal care home operator arrested

WINDER, Ga. -- A personal care home operator arrested after four disabled adults found abandoned in rental house.
By Merritt Melancon

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011

Police wonder if Ga. husband had killed before

 WINDER, Ga. --Authorities have started looking for similarities between a woman's death and the death of her husband's first wife.
By Merritt Melancon

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Runaway teens returned to Georgia home

Two joyriding 13 year olds have been returned to their home.
By Merritt Melancon

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Move damages Ga. Confederate memorial

 JEFFERSON, Ga. - A 100-year-old Confederate veterans' memorial was damaged Friday when a work crew was moving the monument as part of Jefferson's ongoing downtown renovation.
By Merritt Melancon

Ex-Ga. youth pastor gets 15-year term

WINDER, Ga. -- A Barrow County Superior Court judge sentenced former youth pastor Brian Gray to 15 years in prison and 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of child ...
By Merritt Melancon

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

On-line racial remarks prompt Ga. sheriff's changes

WINDER, Ga. -- Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith is stepping up training to help deputies make better choices online after a captain resigned in the wake of posting racist and politically charged ...
By Merritt Melancon

Thursday, April 21, 2011

UGA testing hair for toxins

 ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia scientists are testing hair samples from across the country to identify people who have dangerous levels of a toxic metal in their bloodstream and help ...
By Merritt Melancon

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Ga. school coach charged in prostitution

A Barrow County high school teacher and coach is on administrative leave after police arrested him during an undercover prostitution sting last week.
By Merritt Melancon

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Coffee truck smashes into Ga. home

WINDER, Ga.  - A Winder woman was shocked and physically shaken Monday after a box truck carrying a load of coffee smashed into her home on Georgia Highway 211.
By Merritt Melancon

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Homeowners, county weigh impact of resort asset sale

 Residents and government officials in Greene County still are trying to assess how Reynolds Plantation's sale of its golf courses, clubhouses and swimming pools will affect home values and ...
By Merritt Melancon

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Uga VIII being treated for lymphoma

ATHENS, Ga. --- Uga VIII, the mascot for University of Georgia athletic teams, has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but he is responding well to treatment.
By Merritt Melancon

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

Pearl in Athens man's ear 41 years

ATHENS, Ga -- Calvin Wright had been carrying a pearl from one of his mother's necklaces inside of his ear canal for 41 years. An emergency room nurse found it earlier this month.  
By Merritt Melancon

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Ga. sheriff turns down federal grant

WINDER, Ga. -- Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith has decided to forfeit $268,000 in federal grant money for retrofitting 40 patrol cars to run on propane after a Jackson County deputy was burned ...
By Merritt Melancon

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Zaxby's won't press charges in UGA theft

ATHENS, Ga. -- Zaxby's corporate management has ruled no harm, no fowl in the case of the pilfered 12-foot inflatable chicken.
By Merritt Melancon

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

More sex charges for Ga. youth pastor

The Winder youth minister who was charged with child molestation in Oconee County earlier this month now faces 58 additional charges related to child molestation.
By Merritt Melancon

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Gas leak cause of Georgia patrol car fire

The fire that destroyed a propane-fueled Jackson County sheriff's patrol cruiser Monday was caused by a misplaced vapor barrier,  officials say.
By Merritt Melancon

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

Navy school campus symbolically handed over as Supply Corps preps move

ATHENS, Ga. -- The U.S. Navy Supply Corps School ceremonially weighed anchor Tuesday, opening a berth for the University of Georgia's medical and public health schools.
By Merritt Melancon

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Sickness closes all McDuffie County schools

One day after closing an elementary because of excessive absences caused by an outbreak of influenza, strep infection and stomach viruses, the McDuffie County School System has decided to enact an ...
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