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Toddler finds cash in book from thrift store


MCDONOUGH - Rhiannon Barnes might be the luckiest 15-month-old ever.

While playing with a thrift store book bought for 25 cents, Rhiannon uncovered $1,300 in cash stuck between the pages. Her baby sitter Sheila Laughridge said she only bought the book at Rhiannon's insistence and was surprised when the toddler found a brown paper bag full of $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s.

Ms. Laughridge took the money, which dated as far back as the 1960s, to a local bank, where she received only $300 in exchange because most of the bills were in pieces.

Former inmate sues jail for ignoring pain

ELBERTON - A former inmate is suing Elbert County for medical neglect after his appendicitis went undiagnosed for three weeks.

The case alleges that jail officials and Elbert hospital staff were indifferent to Glenn Cruickshank's medical problems while he was in jail in 2004 for a probation violation. He is seeking more than $1 million in damages to cover medical bills that he now owes.

The suit alleges that Mr. Cruickshank's condition went unchecked aside from pain medication for three weeks before he was rushed to the hospital with acute appendicitis and intra-abdominal abscesses. Mr. Cruickshank no longer has abdominal muscles because of that and requires surgery at least three times a year for an indefinite period to treat hernias, according to court documents.

Residents protest firing of manager

JEFFERSON - Angry residents and Jackson County commissioners both took steps to move forward after the local government fired the county's manager early this week.

Commissioners voted to appoint an interim manager while residents met to discuss a strategy to protest Monday's decision to fire County Manager Crandall Jones, which critics say was racially motivated.

Mr. Jones has offered little response to his firing, issuing a prepared statement this week vowing to defend his record as manager.

Commissioners voted 3-1 to fire Mr. Jones but have thus far been vague with reasons for their action.

In bill, surveyor would no longer be elected

ATLANTA - The county surveyor no longer would be an elected position in Bryan County under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

House Bill 482, sponsored by Rep. Bob Lane, R-Statesboro, instead would allow the county commission to appoint someone to handle the office's duties.

Mr. Lane said the county asked for that change after no one qualified for the position in recent elections.

- Edited from wire reports