Statesboro elects 1st woman mayor in close runoff
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Statesboro voters for the first time have elected a woman to serve as mayor.
The Statesboro Herald reports 51-year-old Jan Moore won a close runoff election Tuesday night. Unofficial results show she defeated opponent Jonathan McCollar by fewer than 100 votes out of 1,867 mayoral ballots cast.
Moore, a school psychologist and business editor for the Statesboro Herald, will succeed departing Mayor Joe Brannen in January. Brannen had sought re-election but finished third in the Nov. 5 general election, which required a runoff because no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote needed to win outright.
Jim Healy, operations manager of the Statesboro Herald, said the new mayor will no longer serve as business editor but will write business columns for the newspaper on a freelance basis.
ATLANTA SCHOOL BOARD
Elections lead to mostly new Atlanta school board
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's school board will be filled with mostly newcomers as a result of Tuesday's runoff elections.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that six out of nine board seats will be filled by new members after voters reshaped the board's makeup.
Tuesday's elections resulted in the ouster of Chairman Reuben McDaniel, an investment banker who lost his at-large seat to attorney Cynthia Briscoe Brown. Brown won easily with 66 percent of the vote.
Three other races - for citywide, west Atlanta and south Atlanta districts - also were decided in runoffs.
CHILD ADVOCATE RESIGNS
Search underway after Ga. child advocate resigns
ATLANTA (AP) - State officials are searching for a replacement after the resignation of Georgia's child advocate, Tonya Boga.
Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says a panel of seven people has already been put together to handle the search for her replacement.
Robinson says the group has met once by conference call this week and plans another meeting later this month. Robinson says he expects a replacement to be named sometime in January.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Boga's departure comes amid scrutiny of the state's role in failing to prevent the recent deaths of two children despite warnings that they were at risk. The newspaper first reported her resignation.
MAN KILLED CHANGING TIRE
Man killed changing flat tire on I-285
ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a man struck and killed by a car along Interstate 285 was changing his tire along the freeway.
Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said he had pulled over in the shoulder of the freeway near the Cascade Road exit around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the driver who hit the man stopped. It's unclear whether that motorist will face charges.
The man who was killed was later identified as 54-year-old Dwight Moody of Covington.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that since August, there have been three similar accidents.
A brother and sister were killed Aug. 26 as they changed a tire near on I-75 in Morrow.
Last month, a man was killed on I-20 in DeKalb County when he stopped to help someone with a flat tire.
Thieves steal 100 calendars in unusual mall heist
BUFORD, Ga. (AP) - Someone made off with $2,000 worth of calendars for 2014 in an unusual heist at the Mall of Georgia, where the thief left behind some editorial comments.
WSB Radio reports that some of the 100 calendars in the mall kiosk portrayed men and women scantily clothed, such as the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
They were replaced by signs objecting to how women were portrayed in the calendars, such as one that proclaimed: "Women are people not fantasies." Another stated "Should've gone with the puppies."
The theft happened Saturday at the mall northeast of Atlanta, one of the state's largest. Owner Jessica Roy described the suspects as a young couple.
Police seek tips in death of pedestrian
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police investigators are seeking witnesses who might have seen a Wilmington Island man walking on Johnny Mercer Boulevard before he was struck and killed by a car.
Savannah-Chatham police say 35-year-old Jonathan Edwards died just east of the Spencer Grayson Bridge over Turner's Creek shortly before midnight on Nov. 27. Police said he is believed to have been walking west toward the bridge when he was struck. He was wearing black leather jacket and blue jeans and light tan work boots at the time.
Police say they identified a 25-year-old woman as the driver of the vehicle they say did not stop.
Police are asking that anyone who saw Edwards walking call them at (912) 525-2421.
Affidavit: Slain surgeon lured by sex encounter
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A surgeon who was found dead in an east Georgia creek was lured to Augusta for a sexual encounter, according to court records.
An affidavit used to obtain a search warrant says that Dr. Charles Mann III and the man suspected of killing him had exchanged online messages about sex before Mann traveled to Augusta last month. The Augusta Chronicle reported on the court records Tuesday.
The 60-year-old surgeon typically worked in Barnwell County, S.C., during the week and returned home to the central Georgia town of Kathleen on the weekends, authorities have said.
Authorities have charged 22-year-old Glenn Vincent Riggs II with murder and robbery. Jail records do not list an attorney for Riggs.
Mann was a specialist in general surgery and endoscopy at the hospital in Barnwell County.
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