Stories by Wayne Ford

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Nude sunbather seen near Ga. school

ATHENS, Ga. -- A naked sunbather sparked a manhunt Thursday in Oconee County.
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Georgia newspaper owner wins lottery

ATHENS, Ga. -- Carey Williams Jr. drove into Watkinsville Saturday to take a red velvet cake to a friend whose wife had died, but a stroke of good fortune happened on his way home to Greensboro.
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ga. traffic stop yields pit bulldog, python

COMER, Ga. -- A manhunt began in Comer Saturday soon after a policeman stopped a vehicle with two men, a woman, a pit bulldog and a Python snake.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, March 11, 2016

Wild dogs almost kill Ga. man

ATHENS, Ga. -- Michael Wiley was lying in his hospital bed Thursday recalling the day that a stroll over to his uncle's shop turned into a fight for his life.
By Wayne Ford

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 has made every Super Bowl

Sometimes nine yards in a football game isn’t enough for a first down, but for Larry McDonald it was pay dirt to a bonanza at Sunday’s 50th Super Bowl.
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Ga. cow mutilations a mystery

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Authorities have been unable to explain the deaths of two mutilated cows found dead 21 days apart on a Braselton farm.
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
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