Stories by Wayne Ford

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Restraining orders in church ban

The embattled pastor of Mount Grove Baptist Church in Elberton obtained restraining orders Tuesday against the grandson of a 103-year-old church member who was recently banned from the church.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Elberton church defends banning 103-year-old woman

Union Grove Baptist Church says the woman, a member of the church for 92 years, displayed behavior "detrimental to the church at large."
By Wayne Ford

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Georgia church bans woman, 103

ELBERTON, Ga. -- The members of Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton recently revoked the membership of a 103-year-old woman from its flock saying she cannot attend the church "for any reason ...
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Search narrows for missing student's body

A search continued late Wednesday for the body of a missing Gwinnett County teenager, but lawmen expressed confidence they might solve the 8-year-old mystery of what happened to Justin Gaines.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Police search wells for missing Ga. student

ATHENS, Ga. -- A search for the body of a Gainesville State College student missing since 2007 will resume today in Walton County where for two days authorities have been examining wells that ...
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Drug-addled dog tips off cops

A north Georgia man has been arrested after a veterinarian determined that his pet dog had ingested the drug methamphetamine, authorities said.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Private road paved, Ga. mayor arrested

JEFFERSON, Ga. -- The mayor of Nicholson was released from the Jackson County Jail Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond on a felony theft charge alleging he used tax money to pave a private road.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Aug 14, 2015

GBI probes Ga. town's SPLOST use

NICHOLSON, Ga. -- The GBI almost closed down City Hall in Nicholson for about six hours as it searched for documents pertaining to allegations of misappropriations of tax money.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Man charged after fight at kids ballgame

A Jackson County man said Wednesday he was made the "scapegoat" following his arrest on Saturday during a fight among a group of men attending a youth baseball game at Oconee Veterans Park in ...
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bull kills Georgia cattle farmer

ATHENS, Ga. -- A bull allegedly killed a 75-year-old cattle farmer on Friday in his pasture near Hoschton, Ga.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Cause of UGA student death undisclosed

ATHENS, Ga. -- Although the cause of death for a University of Georgia student remained undisclosed, Athens hospital officials confirmed that no cases of bacterial meningitis have been treated at ...
By Wayne Ford

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Ancient Indian mystery near Athens

JEFFERSON, Ga. - There is a long-standing mystery in Jackson County that somewhere bordering the meandering North Oconee River was a sacred Native American Indian shrine called Yamacutah.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Family waited 26 years to report woman missing

ATHENS, Ga. -- A DNA analysis that provided a match between a missing Virginia woman and a skeleton found 26 years later occurred only because a relative of the woman went to police last year to ...
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Ga. skeleton identified after 26 years

The mystery of an unidentified skeleton found in a remote section of Oglethorpe County 26 years ago was resolved recently when a DNA analysis identified the remains as those of a Virginia woman.
By Wayne Ford

2 charged in UGA student slaying

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke police remained tight-lipped Thursday on the circumstances that led to the shooting death of a University of Georgia student and the arrests of two Athens men charged ...
By Wayne Ford

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Family hopes poem can solve slaying

STAHAM, Ga. - Retired physician C.B. Skelton writes poetry. But few works ever penned by the doctor contained as much emotional urgency as did the poem he wrote at the request of a grieving father.
By Wayne Ford

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Slaying remains mystery

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Ga. woman's body found by rural road

The body of an Athens area woman found Monday on the side of Georgia Highway 22 in Oglethorpe County has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Oconee man charged with fabricating own kidnapping in 2013

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Athens area man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he planned his own kidnapping to extort money that he and the kidnappers -- including two from Augusta -- ...
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2 Augustans plead guilty in extortion case

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Two of the four people accused of kidnapping a Farmington, Ga., man at gunpoint in November and demanding a ransom of $100,000 recently pleaded guilty to charges that landed ...
By Wayne Ford
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