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    Police in Georgia announced six people have been arrested in the shooting death of a man during a home invasion. Ceuion English, 23; Anthony Foster, 23; Laqwane Kindred, 26; and Trevonuis Williams, 22, were charged with murder and booked in jail Wednesday, news outlets reported citing Columbus police. Two female juveniles also were arrested, police said according to news outlets. Cross Henderson, 21, was fatally shot Saturday at a home in Columbus. He was in the house with his brother and a friend when intruders broke in, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan told The Ledger-Enquirer. Officials from the Columbus police department's SWAT team, sheriff's officers and Columbus firefighters helped capture the suspects while executing search and arrest warrants, the newspaper reported. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month. It's unclear whether the suspects had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.
  • A newly announced candidate for a seat in the Georgia House will speak to Athens Democrats tonight: Mokah Johnson is running against Republican Representative Houston Gaines. She’s the featured speaker at this evening’s meeting of local Democrats, set for 6 o’clock at the Library on Baxter Street.  From the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee Facebook page…   We've organized a special program, 'Civil Rights, Then and Now,' to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Week. Come hear Mokah Johnson, of the Athens-Anti-Discrimination Movement; Beto Cacao, of DIgnidad Immigrante; and Hattie Whitehead, of the Linnentown Project.
  • The Athens Area Habitat for Humanity holds its annual gala tonight: it’s underway at 6:30 at the Cotton Press on Oneta Street in Athens. From the Athens Habitat For Humanity Facebook page…   Athens Hab celebrates our local partners and supporters at our annual gala, this year hosted by Epting Events at the Cotton Press. Come enjoy great food, live music, cash bar, inspirational speakers, and fellowship as we give thanks for a successful drive to raise $30,000 to complete Lydia's Homeplace, a joint project with Lydia's Place to create housing for homeless college students in our area. All donors giving $80 or more by January 23rd are invited!
  • A northeast Georgia judge says she will not be a candidate for reelection: Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Lauren Watson says she won’t be the ballot for the May 19 elections.  Judge Watson, an attorney in Madison County, was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal two years ago as a replacement for retired Judge Thomas Hodges and has worked in a judicial circuit that covers Madison, Oglethorpe, Elbert, Franklin, and Hart counties.  The funeral for former Franklin County Probate Judge Eddy Fowler is scheduled for Sunday at the Ginn Memorial Chapel in Carnesville. Fowler, who also worked as a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy, died earlier this week at a hospital in Lavonia. 
  • Georgia travels to Fayetteville this Thursday to take on No. 20/21-ranked Arkansas at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck will call the action from Bud Walton Arena.    » Arkansas is the fifth top-25 team the Lady Bulldogs have played this season. This is the first of four-straight games against top-25 squads coming up on Georgia’s schedule over the next couple of weeks.    » Three of Georgia’s seven losses this season have come against teams currently ranked in the top-10 of both the Associated Press and Coaches polls (No. 1/2 Baylor, No. 9 Mississippi State and No. 10 UCLA).    » Georgia head coach Joni Taylor owns a 5-1 record against Arkansas during her head coaching career. The Lady Bulldogs have won five of the last six and 13 of the last 15 meetings against the Razorbacks. Overall, Georgia is 34-6 against Arkansas, including a 14-3 mark in Fayetteville.    » The Lady Bulldogs defeated Auburn this past Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Stegeman Coliseum. The win snapped a three-game losing skid in SEC play.    » Georgia’s bench outscored Auburn’s bench by an impressive 34-4 margin. The Lady Bulldogs were down 17-9 at the end of the first quarter before the lineup of Chloe Chapman, Shaniya Jones, Caitlin Hose, Stephanie Paul and Malury Bates provided Georgia a spark in the second quarter.    » Lady Bulldog guard Shaniya Jones had her best game of the season against Auburn. She scored a career-high 21 points in 21 minutes of action. Jones hit 5-for-6 from the field and scored 11 points in the third period.    Scouting Arkansas » The Razorbacks rank third in the nation in points per game, averaging 86.9 points per contest this season. Chelsea Dungee, one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, paces Arkansas with 20 points per game. Dungee has scored in double figures in all but one contest and has totaled 20 or more points nine times. Arkansas boasts a 15-3 overall record, with its only losses in SEC play coming to Texas A&M and South Carolina.    Series Breakdown Overall: Georgia leads, 34-6 In Athens: Georgia leads, 17-2 In Fayetteville: Georgia leads, 14-3 Neutral Sites: Georgia leads, 3-1 Current Streak: Georgia has won five of the last six Last Meeting: Arkansas W, 86-76 (3/7/19) Largest Margin of Victory: Georgia W, 87-54 (2/24/96) Largest Defeat: Arkansas W, 66-45 (2/24/02)   Last Meeting Against Arkansas The Georgia Lady Bulldogs fell to Arkansas, 86-76, in the SEC Tournament on March 7, 2019 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. 
  • After days of below freezing temperatures to start the day, Thursday is already off to a warmer start. But more changes are on the way that will make you want to have the rain gear handy. Here’s what you need to know: Most spots are seeing temps in the 30s to around 40 degrees this morning. The air is mainly dry, but rain chances are going up as the day goes on. Rain could have an impact on your afternoon commute and evening plans. We’re tracking the changes and timing when you’ll see rain in your neighborhood, on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. The air is really dry this morning -- but will be keeping an eye on the chance for some light sprinkles this morning in Floyd and Chattooga Counties. @wsbtv — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 23, 2020 A little green showing up in northwest Georgia now -- but the air is really, really dry underneath the clouds. I'm keeping an eye on things though through the morning!— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) January 23, 2020
  • Economic forecasters from the University of Georgia and its Terry College of Business are on the road again today, in Augusta for the Augusta-area economic outlook luncheon: it’s set for noon at the Marriot in downtown Augusta. From the UGA Master Calendar…   The Georgia Economic Outlook series brings the expertise of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business to nine cities across the state, offering you specific and reliable insights into next year’s economy. Learn about the nation’s economic trajectory, the trends shaping our state’s fiscal outlook, and what to expect in your local area for the upcoming year from forecasts based on data and analysis from the Selig Center for Economic Growth.
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation has pledged another $1 million toward scholarships for University of Georgia students who are the first in their families to attend college. It is the foundation’s fourth such commitment, adding to its positive impact on the trajectory of students’ lives and the futures of their families and communities.   In 2007, The Coca-Cola Foundation established the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program at UGA with a gift of $1 million and continued its support in 2011 and 2015 by making $1 million gifts for additional cohorts of Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars.   “We are grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation for helping us remove financial barriers for first-generation students and enhance their academic experience,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program bolsters the University of Georgia’s efforts to cultivate a diverse and supportive learning environment composed of academically talented students from a variety of backgrounds.”   The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship provides $5,000 per year and is renewable for an additional three years if the recipients maintain certain academic standards. This partnership between UGA and The Coca-Cola Foundation has transformed the lives of 165 first-generation students since 2007.   “We understand the value of education and its power to change lives,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We are excited to be partners in the promise of education, helping students pursue their academic dreams and realize their full potential.”    The scholarship program goes beyond financial aid, surrounding students with a wealth of resources through UGA’s Division of Academic Enhancement, including mentoring programs, academic workshops and tutoring services, to help them adjust to college life and support their academic, cultural and financial success. Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars also have access to unique extracurricular experiences such as team-building activities, group retreats and field trips.   Cyrus Townsend, a Coca-Cola First Generation graduate, currently works for WarnerMedia’s Turner Studio. In the spring, he had the opportunity to speak to his fellow UGA Coca-Cola First Generation classmates and encouraged them to reach beyond their limits.   “Thanks to the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship, I was able to do things I never would have imagined,” Townsend said. “The Coca-Cola Foundation gave me my first step at pursuing my career and gave me the opportunity to believe that my dreams are achievable.”   The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program is just one example of Coca-Cola’s commitment to supporting Georgia’s flagship university. The Coca-Cola system and its associates have been longtime supporters of UGA and its students, faculty and programs. Coca-Cola’s giving history to UGA dates back more than 50 years. The company’s contributions, totaling over $17 million, have helped the university continue to prosper and achieve its three-part mission of teaching, research and public service.
  • While Governor Brian Kemp is on a trade trip to Germany, his office in Atlanta is announcing economic development news from South Korea: a Korean company that makes parts for rechargeable batteries will spend $62 million on facilities in Jackson County and create more than 300 jobs.  “I am excited to welcome Enchem to Georgia,” Kemp said in a news release. “Building on the success of SK Innovation in Jackson County, this is exactly the type of quality project that we hoped to attract when visiting Korea on our first international trip last June. “As the market for electric vehicles and batteries continues its rapid growth, it’s great to see the industry building a hub here in Georgia,” Kemp said. In fiscal year 2019, South Korea was a leader in both foreign direct investment and jobs in Georgia, investing $1.87 billion and creating 2,507 jobs.
  • We have today the name of the Madison County man accused of shooting at a Georgia State Trooper after a traffic stop that happened Tuesday night off Highway 72: Timothy Carruth Jr is 24 years old, from Colbert. The State Trooper was not injured, nor was Carruth when the Trooper returned fire. Carruth was captured early Wednesday morning. Federal prosecutors will be on hand for an afternoon news conference at Athens-Clarke County Police headquarters: they’ll announce the results of a joint operation that involved more than 300 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. That news conference is scheduled for 3 o’clock at the Police Department on Lexington Road.    Two men are facing pandering charges in Banks County: the Sheriff’s Office in Homer says Jason Voyles is 43 years old, from Hull, while Zachery Givens is 31, from Rutledge. Investigators say Voyles and Givens were caught in an undercover operation at Banks Crossing. They were booked into the Banks County jail and released on bond. A Gainesville teenager is booked into the Hall County jail on armed robbery charges: 18 year-old Jacob Aviles is accused in a convenience store holdup that happened earlier this month.  The Sheriff’s Office in Habersham County reports the arrest of an arson suspect: Logan Michael is 23 years old, from Demorest. He’s accused of setting fire to a garage apartment.  A Lawrenceville woman who was charged in the death of her toddler daughter is going to face the death penalty. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter says he can’t justify not seeking the death penalty in the case of Devin Moon. Her 2 year-old daughter died of starvation in July of 2018.