License gone after skydive onto base
ST. MARYS, GA. — Airport officials in St. Marys have revoked the license of a skydiving business after two skydivers missed the airfield along Georgia’s coast and landed on a high-security submarine base less than three miles away.
The St. Marys Airport Authority voted this week to revoke The Jumping Place’s permit to operate from the small airport.
The Navy briefly held the two skydivers in custody this month after they landed on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. They were released after their identities were verified.
Before the board’s vote, Navy Cmdr. Jeff Pafford told the authority, “This cannot happen again.”
Jumping Place owner Cathy Kloess said she has started looking into areas to relocate her business.
‘Homeless meters’ proposed in Macon
MACON, GA. — A group in Macon is exploring the idea of placing “homeless meters” in the downtown area in an attempt to reduce panhandling.
Officials say the meters are donation stations that resemble parking meters. Donations would go to homeless shelters and other charities.
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority voted Thursday to act as fiscal agent for the proposed program. Project spokesman Chris Tsavatewa said the proposal will be brought to the Macon City Council, and that 12 council members have pledged their support.
Urban Development Authority Executive Director Alex Morrison said giving money to panhandlers “is the worst thing” for the community and for panhandlers.
Trial set for winner of sheriff election
JONESBORO, GA. — A trial date has been set for a sheriff’s candidate who won his election despite facing a 37-count indictment.
Challenger Victor Hill beat Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough on Tuesday with about 53.7 percent of the vote. Hill’s charges, which range from racketeering to witness tampering, stem from an earlier term as sheriff.
A Clayton County judge set Nov. 26 as the date for Hill’s trial to start.