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Johnson scores 18 to lift Mercer over W. Carolina 72-64

Jan. 22, 2022 20:03 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalen Johnson registered 18 points and six rebounds as Mercer beat Western Carolina 72-64 on Saturday. Jordan Jones had 16 points for Mercer (12-8, 5-2 Southern Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Felipe Haase added 13 points. Kamar...

Georgia hospitals warn of COVID-19 strain as wave crests

Jan. 21, 2022 18:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The latest surge of COVID-19 may have peaked in Georgia, but hospitals continue to warn of the strain they face from overloaded emergency rooms and inpatient wards, urging people to take precautions despite widespread fatigue with pandemic restrictions. Six...

Georgia courts, investigators say they're tackling backlogs

Jan. 19, 2022 15:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's state court system on Wednesday told lawmakers they're trying to pass out federal money as fast as they can to help courts catch up with pandemic-related backlogs, while the leader of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it's a challenge to station a...

Georgia agent promises thorough probe of shooting by deputy

Jan. 18, 2022 13:43 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Investigators say they have conducted numerous interviews as part of the probe into the shooting death of a man by a sheriff's deputy in central Georgia. At a news conference on Tuesday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerry Jones did...

Johnson scores 16 in Mercer's victory over UNCG, 58-49

Jan. 15, 2022 19:32 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalen Johnson scored 16 points and Mercer defeated UNC Greensboro 58-49 on Saturday. Felipe Haase added 13 points and five assists for the Bears (10-7, 3-1 Southern Conference). De'Monte Buckingham scored 18 points to lead the Spartans (10-7, 2-3)....

Johnson, Haase carry Mercer over VMI 97-91

Jan. 13, 2022 21:57 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Jalen Johnson had a career-high 30 points and Felipe Haase added 28 to lift Mercer to a 97-91 win over VMI on Thursday night. Johnson hit 11 of 14 shots, including 8 of 8 on 3-pointers. He added six rebounds. James Glisson III added 21 points for...

Georgia county's first Black elections chief resigns

Jan. 12, 2022 09:15 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A central Georgia county is scrambling to find a new elections supervisor with only months to go before voting for governor and other state and congressional leaders. The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections' first Black elections supervisor, Jeanetta Watson, has...

Macon mayor pulls support from plastics recycling plant

Jan. 10, 2022 16:17 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia mayor is urging an industrial development board to refuse to help a plastics recycling plant borrow money, saying he's worried about the safety of the proposed plant. WMAZ-TV reports Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller is urging the Macon-Bibb County...

Grant carries Mercer past Samford 83-80

Jan. 05, 2022 22:42 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Shannon Grant scored a career-high 26 points and Felipe Haase added 24 points as Mercer narrowly beat Samford 83-80 on Wednesday night. Kamar Robertson had 11 points for Mercer (8-6, 1-0 Southern Conference). Shawn Walker Jr. added 10 points. ...

Georgia hospitalizations keep climbing in COVID-19 wave

Jan. 04, 2022 18:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Hospitalizations from the latest wave of COVID-19 continue to climb rapidly in Georgia, as hundreds of thousands of students statewide returned to in-person class Tuesday, but others stayed home. Georgia’s surge continues to be centered around Atlanta, although...