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  • A Commerce man is in the Banks County jail, facing a kidnapping charge: Dontavious Rucker is accused of abducting the 6 year-old child of his girlfriend. The alleged abduction happened at a convenience store in Homer. A Hall County man is behind bars, charged in a jewelry heist: Jesse Maldonado is 32 years old, from Oakwood. He is accused of stealing $15,000 worth of jewelry from a home in Hall County. He’s in the Hall County jail, held on an $11,000 bond. 
  • There will be a new policy in place for football fans who go to games at Sanford Stadium later this year. The University of Georgia says it will be following Southeastern Conference guidelines and requiring fans to bring items into the Stadium and other athletic venues in clear plastic bags. UGA says the policy will be in place for the April 22 G-Day spring football game.  From the University of Georgia…   In the interest of public safety and to expedite entry into its venues, the UGA Athletic Association will begin to implement the Southeastern Conference Clear Bag Policy in 2017. This policy will be in effect at the annual G-Day intrasquad football game on April 22. It will go into effect permanently for the 2017-18 competition season and will include all UGA venues that host ticketed events: Sanford Stadium (football), Stegeman Coliseum (men’s & women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). Following are the basics concerning the Clear Bag Policy: > These bags will be permitted inside UGA athletic events: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags. Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. Bags that contain necessary medical items, which must be inspected and approved at a designated gate. > Each ticket holder is allowed one large clear bag such as a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”, plus a small clutch purse > Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than the permissible size. > Several SEC schools began implementing this policy in the 2016 school year. All SEC schools will have this policy in place by the 2017-18 school year. > Fans can still carry items such as binoculars, smart phones, tablets and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches), so long as they are not in a bag or carrying case. > Seat cushions -- without arms or pockets -- will still be permitted into the venues. Fans may also bring in blankets during cold weather events, provided they carry them in over an arm or shoulder to allow for easy screening upon entry. > More information on this new policy can be found at the following website: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy/
  • The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire that destroyed a $15,000 camper in Jackson County. The fifth wheel camper had been impounded by the Winder Police Department and burned while being held at a facility in Hoschton. There is a reward of up to $10,000 that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.From the office of state Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Ralph Hudgens…Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said an investigator with his office has determined that a fire that destroyed a police impounded camper in Jackson County was intentional set.    The fire, which occurred yesterday around 12:25 a.m., at Specialized Towing and Recovery in Hoschton, Ga., destroyed the 2007 Keystone Fifth Wheel Camper. State fire investigators said the camper was valued at $15,000.   Commissioner Hudgens is asking anyone with information about this fire to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804. Rewards of up to $10,000 are given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist. Calls are taken 24 hours a day; callers can choose to remain anonymous.    The West Jackson Fire Department is assisting with the investigation.
  • It is being hailed as a legislative victory for the operators of Creature Comforts and the other craft breweries in Athens and around the state: the Georgia House and Senate have given finals approval to the craft beer bill, the measure that will allow brewers to sell their product on premises. Creature Comforts president Chris Herron was among the brewers who made several trips to the Capitol to lobby for the legislation. The 52-1 vote sends Senate Bill 85 to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. If signed into law, the bill would end a decades-old stand-off that has been especially tense between brewers and the state’s beer wholesalers who for years have fought to protect their Prohibition-era position as middleman between beer manufacturers and retailers.
  • A panel discussion on Royston native and baseball legend Ty Cobb is set for today at UGA: Charles Leehsen is a Cobb biographer. He will take part, joined by historian Jim Cobb, Athens author Terry Kay, and sports broadcaster Loran Smith. The event is set for 4 o’clock this afternoon at the Richard Russell Building. |

Bulldog News

  • The Clear Bag Policy will be in effect in Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum and Foley Field. 
  • From UGA Sports Communications KENNESAW, GA.--- Georgia defeated Kennesaw State 9-6 Tuesday in a game called after six innings due to rain and lightning at Stillwell Stadium.  The Bulldogs (9-13) scored in each of the first four frames, building a 9-4 edge. Both teams planned to use several pitchers as part of a staff night. Seven Bulldogs pitchers saw action while the Owls (8-12) employed five on the mound. Georgia senior Andrew Gist pitched a perfect inning for the win to even his record to 1-1 and junior Blake Cairnes notched his first save of the year. KSU starter Chris Erwin got the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in two innings.   Georgia junior first baseman Keegan McGovern paced the 10-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Six Bulldogs drove in a run including a pair by freshman Aaron Schunk while freshman Austin Biggar connected for his second home run.    Georgia returns to action Friday for its SEC home opener against 16th-ranked Auburn. First pitch is slated for 7:02 pm EDT and be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks *Junior 1B Keegan McGovern enjoyed a 4-for-4 night with two doubles and an RBI. *Freshmen CF Tucker Maxwell extended his on base streak to 17 games with a walk to start the contest.  *Sophomore DH Michael Curry extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the third inning.  *Freshman SS Cam Shepherd now has a seven-game hitting streak after a single in the first.    Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “I thought we swung the bats well tonight, and we were able to put pressure on them right from the start. Keegan McGovern had a good night at the plate going 4-for-4. Everybody in our lineup got on base and contributed and seven different guys scored. On the mound, it was good to see the way Andrew Gist and Blake Cairnes pitched a clean inning after Kennesaw State started chipping away at our lead.”
  • As his Georgia Bulldogs continue the spring practice sessions that began Tuesday, coach Kirby Smart prepares to host a coaching clinic. Coaches from the NFL, college, and high school levels will keynote the annual UGA Coaches Clinic hosted by Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart and his staff scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1.   The UGA Coaches Clinic is a comprehensive, three-day clinic that will feature presentations from outstanding coaches representing all levels of the industry. This annual clinic is an ideal setting for middle school and high school coaches to socialize, “talk ball,” and share ideas with college and NFL coaches.   Featured NFL coaches on the program include Tampa Bay Bucaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, who led his team to the 2014 and 2015 national FCS championships, is also on the schedule along with former College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler.   Georgia 2016 state championship coaches scheduled include Jonathan Gess, Eagles Landing Christian Academy; Danny Britt, Benedictine Military School; Jermaine Smith, Cedar Grove High School; Joey King, Cartersville High School; John Reid, Rome High School; Alan Rodemaker, Valdosta High School; and Jeff Herron, Grayson High School (now at T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, SC). In addition, Adrian Snow, West Forsyth High School, Cemmons, NC, and Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, PA, are on the clinic program.   Attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, participate with the UGA coaching staff during chalk talks and enjoy great food and fellowship at the clinic socials. Participants will enhance their knowledge of all aspects of the game through break-out sessions with guest speakers covering philosophy and scheme and by participating in the chalk talks led by each member of the UGA staff.   The 2017 clinic also offers the unique opportunity to join the UGA staff on the field for two spring practice sessions. Attendees can get an up-close look at on-field demonstrations, position-specific drills and overall practice scripting and format.   The entire UGA coaching staff — as well as the Directors of Strength & Conditioning, Recruiting Operations, Sports Medicine and Player Development — will be available to answer questions.
  • Athens, GA - The familiar sounds of coach’s whistles and stampeding linemen can be heard around the Butts-Mehre athletic complex in Five Points this afternoon. That’s because football, the lifeblood of the University of Georgia and Athens is back for 2017 Spring Practice.  Year two of head coach Kirby Smart will officially begin today with the first of a series of practices leading up to the April 22nd G-Day game to be held in Sanford Stadium, with no shortage of storylines to watch.  The progression of sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason will likely take the forefront of attention - again - as the heralded signal caller from Washington state will look to show maturity coming on the heels of a successful but otherwise not spectacular freshman season in the Southeastern Conference. And new this year comes legit competition from another five-star quarterback recruit from Houston County, Georgia, Jake Fromm. How the two will complement and push one another through the rigors of practice this spring and into fall will clearly define the success of the 2017 version of the Georgia Bulldogs.  Not to be outdone, plenty of attention will be given to the beloved pair of senior running backs who surprised many by announcing they would indeed spend their senior seasons between the hedges. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both could have declared for the NFL Draft, but instead decided they would rather wash the sour taste of an 8-5 season and a home loss to Georgia Teach in 2016 out their mouths the best way they know how, with the possibility of exacting revenge. Their return not only will cause headaches for opposing defensive coordinators throughout the SEC, but will provide invaluable leadership for a young corps of running backs in line behind them preparing to be the future of a program often tabbed “Running Back U.” Smart’s defense will also be under a microscope as the boys practice under the shadows of bloomed dogwood trees these next few weeks. What was considered the weakness of the program this time last year - an ultra thin and young defensive line - proved to be one of the strongest units in 2016. How they progress and grow together will be examined closely.  And the biggest mystery of them all, the offensive line, will likely not shake out until the leaves start changing this fall, rather than under the fragrance of pollen this spring. What was clearly the most-handicapping aspect of an underwhelming offense last season is now missing a few starters, but also has a lion’s share of top recruits scheduled to arrive on campus this summer. So any observations of struggles in protecting the quarterbacks or opening up holes for the running backs may require an asterisks until we make the same observations five months from now.  It’s a happy time of year for many in this part of the world. It’s often referred to as “stress-free football,” with all the nostalgia of SEC football on the practice field, without the worry of losing to a hated rival on Saturday. And when tens of thousands file into Sanford Stadium for G-Day, there’s a guaranteed Bulldog victory to be seen. And no matter how you view it, or how you want to examine and analyze it, there’s one thing everybody will agree on: football is back. And the Classic City is simply more fun with it. 
  • From UGA Sports Communications BATON ROUGE--- Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Georgia 7-6 Sunday at Alex Box Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,608.   Georgia (8-13, 0-3 SEC) led 2-1 following a two-run home run by freshman Will Proctor in the fifth. However, the Tigers (16-5, 3-0 SEC) responded in their half of the frame, scoring three runs on one hit plus two bases-loaded walks for a 4-2 advantage. Bulldog freshman Aaron Schunk delivered a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth to make it a one-run contest. In the sixth, LSU scored a run without the benefit of a hit as the first three batters were hit by a pitch and then Greg Deichmann picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly and a 5-3 lead.   Georgia had a chance to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Junior Keegan McGovern notched an RBI when he was hit by a pitch, however Michael Curry lined into a double play, which kept the Tigers in front 5-4. LSU added a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Georgia rallied in the ninth to make it a one-run contest as Tucker Maxwell and Cam Shepherd picked up an RBI apiece but the tying run was stranded at third.   LSU freshman Eric Walker (3-0) picked up the win, pitching six while Chase Adkins dropped to 3-1. Caleb Gilbert allowed two runs in the ninth but got his second save.   Up next, Georgia travels to Kennesaw State Tuesday with first pitch slated for 5 pm EDT and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks *Freshmen CF Tucker Maxwell extended his on base streak to 16 games with an RBI-double in the ninth.  *Freshman 2B Will Proctor gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the fifth with a two-run blast, his third of the year.  *Sophomore DH Michael Curry extended his hitting streak to seven games with a base hit in the fourth inning. *Freshman SS Cam Shepherd went 7-for-15 in the series. Over the last 10 games, he is batting .422 (19-for-45).   Coach's Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “We had some really good at bats late in the game. We battled and competed and came up short. The story today and yesterday was just giving too much away against a good team. We’re not taking advantage of our opportunities and playing clean baseball, and our opponents are, and that’s the difference. We’re starting to see some guys step up, but bottom line, we need to do it as a team.”