A call could come at any time and Lamar County Coroner Jim Smith or his Deputy Cindy Killingsworth must respond immediately. In the case of any sudden, unexpected or unexplained death, they must be notified and present before a body is moved. Then the work begins.
"It's not an easy job," said Smith. "When I took the job I was surprised it went so far beyond signing death certificates."
[Full Story »]
The health care bill introduced in the House of Representatives July 14 sparked debate from the halls of the nation's capital to the town hall meetings of rural America.
America's Affordable Health Choices of 2009 (HR 3200) would require citizens to have insurance coverage, provide a public health option in the form of a health insurance exchange and increase middle class citizens' access to health care through expanded medicaid coverage. [Full Story »]
The office at the Lamar County recreation department office was burglarized overnight Aug. 19 and the concession stand and scoring tower were broken into over the Aug. 22 weekend.
Soccer coordinator Tiffany Lowe said the door to athletic director Buddy Lanier's office was kicked open and a drawer was broken on one of the desks during the first break-in. The thief or thieves removed an unused window air conditioner to take a safe which holds the department's cash. Lowe said the safe contained "checks from an old account, credit cards and other than that, nothing really." [Full Story »]
It's a hurry up and wait process, but Roger Hollandsworth has been buying foreclosed properties from the courthouse steps for 25 years, beginning when he ran a Century 21 franchise in West Virginia. He has seen many changes in the market over the years.
[Full Story »]
Teens or adults caught sexting are facing stiffer penalties than ever before. In Georgia, anyone with a nude cell phone photo of a person under age 16 can face felony child molestation charges, which would mark them as a sex offender for life. [Full Story »]