SOWEGA Headlines: Former Crisp Academy standout killed in ATV accident

MACON, Ga.: A former athlete at Crisp Academy died Saturday while being treated for an injury received while riding an ATV, authorities say.

The Cordele Dispatch reports that family and coaches of James Bodrey confirmed throughout the day that the 2011 graduate of Crisp Academy was critically injured when he apparently fell from an all-terrain vehicle. He had been taken to a Macon-area hospital where he later died.

The paper reports that the accident happened near Dublin in Laurens County where Bodrey, and others reportedly had planned to take part in a deer hunting trip.

Bodrey was a student at Darton College.


Decatur Board of Education lobbies against Charter School Amendment

BAINBRIDGE, Ga.: The Decatur County School Board has issued a public statement explaining why they will not back a proposed amendment to the Georgia Constitution that is on the November 6 ballot.

The Bainbridge Post Searchlight reports that the school board issued the statement following last week's meeting, citing various reasons why they the public should vote down the Charter Schools amendment.

“The wording of the amendment itself is troubling. This is not about voting to approve establishing charter schools. Local Boards of Education can already apply for approval of Charter schools in cooperation with the State Board of Education. This amendment would allow for a State of Georgia politically appointed commission who could place schools in our local communities with no local control. This would also potentially divert funds from Georgia Public Schools to create a for-profit charter school system. In essence, you would have dual school systems, one governed by local boards that are accountable to the voters and one who is governed by political appointees who have no accountability to the local stakeholders," the board wrote, in part.

You can read the full text of their statement, HERE.


Chase suspect faces charges in 3 states

CORDELE, Ga. — A man who led authorities in three counties on a 150-mph joyride now faces felony charges in three different states.

The Cordele Dispatch reports that Jason Spencer Blythe, 29, of Easley, S.C., is charged with a dozen counts — the majority of them for assorted traffic violations — in Crisp County where the pursuit was initiated last week.

The newspaper reports that, among his other charges, he faces aggravated assault charges for attempting to hit a police patrol car head-on, theft by receiving stolen property for stealing the car he was driving from a Montgomer-Ala., car dealership and possession of marijuana.

The Georgia State Patrol likely will, however, lengthen the list of charges Blythe faces.

The state of South Carolina was also filing felony charges against Blythe for allegedly stealing cell phones from a Verizon store. Cell phones were found in the vehicle, police say.