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Georgia Power to cut rates on fuel

ATLANTA — Georgia Power has notified state officials of plans to reduce fuel rates starting Jan. 1.

The company said in a news release Tuesday that it is triggering a provision that requires rates be adjusted when fuel accounts are over – or under – expected targets.

Georgia Power attributes the drop in fuel costs to lower natural gas prices, which it says are due to increased supply. A mild summer also lessened demand for electricity.

Fuel rates were reduced 19 percent on June 1. The company did not specify the amount of its rate reduction or the impact on customers’ bills. But it said these would be included in a Nov. 1 filing with the Georgia Public Service Commission.

State law prohibits the company from earning a profit on fuel.

Veteran of 3 wars laid to rest on post

FORT BENNING, GA. — Funeral services have been held at Fort Benning for a 92-year-old veteran of three wars.

Services for Command Sgt. Basil L. Plumley were held Tuesday at the Infantry Center Chapel on Fort Benning’s main post. He died Oct. 10 at Columbus Hospice.

Plumley served more than three decades in the Army, fighting in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1974.

In 2002, his role in the Vietnam War was captured by actor Sam Elliott in the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers, based on a book by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and war correspondent Joe Galloway. Elliott attended Tuesday’s service.

Police find missing girl, alive and safe

TUCKER, GA. — Police in DeKalb County located a 2-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday after being left unattended in a car outside a church’s fitness center.

Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish says Myrai Robinson was found unharmed a few hours later in the parking lot of Lithonia High School.

The girl went missing after police say a caregiver left her in a car outside New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia around 9:30 a.m.

When the caregiver returned, the car and child were gone.

Authorities say they are reviewing surveillance video for any footage of the suspect.

Parish says the caregiver will face charges including reckless conduct.

Official says ethics violation a mistake

COLUMBIA — A state senator who was fined nearly $5,400 for accepting donations above the legal limit said Tuesday it was an unintentional mistake and he’s moving on. But his case could come up in next year’s ethics reform debate.

The Senate Ethics Committee ordered Sen. Kent Williams, D-Marion, to pay $5,390 for 15 campaign contributions that exceeded the $1,000 maximum that candidates can receive from someone per election. That’s the largest penalty ever imposed by the legislative ethics panel, which, until January 2011, could fine only for late campaign spending reports.

Under state law, the Senate ethics panel handles violations by its members. Williams’ fine represents the second non-technical fine it has imposed since senators changed their rules.

The first, a $950 fine for an unacceptable loan, was paid in May.

In Williams’ case, he also was ordered to return $7,801 to donors and pay down $5,000 of debt from a previous campaign, to follow through on what he’d reported on quarterly filings. State law allows candidates to accept up to an additional $1,000 from someone if the excess goes toward debt. Williams reported that he transferred an excess $5,000 to his bank to retire debt, but banking records later showed the loan repayments were never made.

Adoptive mother killed, son charged

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A West Ashley man is charged in the shooting death of his adoptive mother.

Charleston Police Cpl. Fred Bowie said Tuesday 21-year-old Walker Pinkleton is charged with murder.

Pinkleton was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny after police spotted him driving a car belonging to his mother, Patricia Walker.

Walker was found shot to death on Sunday in their home.

Authorities say Pinkleton told friends and relatives over the weekend that Walker couldn’t come to the phone or go outside.

Police said the woman’s parents called police on Sunday and said they had not heard from her in several days.


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