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Projected rising sea level meeting lax coastal construction regulations

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By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter
   
    On April 22nd, Judson Turner, Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) issued a department memo effectively eliminating a 25-foot construction buffer in coastal salt marshes.

Ga. high court rules in case involving lethal injections

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Monday, May 19, 2014

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

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Ga. High court upholds convictions in two child killing cases

 

 

OWENS, COMMISSIONER ET AL. V. HILL (S14A0092)

            In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed a Fulton County court ruling that had granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill.

            Last summer, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan postponed Hill’s execution to review a new Georgia statute that protects as “a confidential state secret” the identities of those who supply or compound the drug used in lethal injections. At issue in this high-profile death penalty case is whether the 2013 statute is unconstitutional.

            “We hold that it is not,” Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines writes in today’s 33-page majority opinion.

            Hill was sentenced to death in 1991 after a Lee County jury convicted him of murder in the 1990 bludgeoning death of a fellow inmate, Joseph Handspike, at the Lee Correctional Institute. At the time, Hill was already serving a life sentence for the 1985 shooting death of his former 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Sylvia Wright. In the early hours of Aug. 17, 1990, Hill pried a board embedded with nails from beneath the sink in the prison bathroom and, as Handspike slept, pounded him in his head and chest with the board while onlooking prisoners pleaded with him to stop. Handspike later died at the hospital.

Solar power is “just plain smart,” says Pickens resident

The benefits of going solar explained
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    A shot taken from a video of Todd Smith explaining his solar power set-up at his Jasper home. Follow this link to the Progress' YouTube channel to watch the video.

 By Todd J. Smith
      Two weeks ago I finally flipped the switch on my newly installed 4 KW (4,000 watt) solar system.  It was

Can value be placed on a library? Not for many Pickens countians

library1    In 2013, 83,000 patrons visited the library checking out 96,000 items. The library boasts just over 41,000 books, 16 adult computers and eight children’s computers.   

   David Kiser considers the Pickens County Library his second home. Kiser is in his 70s and, like many local residents, takes advantage of the vast number of services the library offers on a daily basis. The first of which is knowledge.

In-law killer sentenced to life without parole

 

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     After pleading guilty to murdering his in-laws, Ben Thomas Abbott, 35, Ellijay, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

 

         On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Abbott pled guilty in a Pickens County Superior Court to breaking into the Longswamp Church Road home of Cythina and Raymond Campbell and shooting