Trooper wounds driver after stop
ATLANTA — A Georgia State Patrol trooper shot and wounded a Covington man Thursday morning after he brandished a weapon during a traffic stop, according to police.
Cardal Dwayne Haywood, 20, was shot around 11:20 a.m. in Rockdale after the trooper tried to stop him for following too closely, according to State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.
“The suspect exited the vehicle from the passenger side and attempted to flee on foot. The suspect then pointed a weapon at the trooper at which time the trooper fired. The suspect was hit in the thigh and disarmed,” Wright said in an e-mail.
Haywood was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His injury is not life-threatening, Wright said.
Deal promises to keep archives open
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal is pledging to keep the Georgia State Archives open and accessible to the public, though he hasn’t said how he plans to pay for it.
Deal made the promise earlier this week and his spokesman, Brian Robinson, confirmed the commitment Thursday.
He says Deal hasn’t yet started budget meetings to determine where he’ll find the money.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp last week announced plans to lay off workers and give limited, appointment-only access to the archives.
Board member says she’ll keep praying
FLORENCE, S.C. — One member of the Florence County School District 1 Board says she’ll continue to pray out loud despite the board’s decision to hold a moment of silence instead of a prayer at the start of its meetings.
Pat Gibson-Hye Moore says no group or court can keep her from making a joyful noise to the Lord.
The board decided to end the prayer in February after a federal court decision.