SOWEGA Roundup: Manhunt underway for alleged drug dealer

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Authorities are looking for a man recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Macon for selling cocaine.

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that Marion Simon was arrested Oct. 27, 2011, and released two weeks later on a $150,000 bond. Simon has since been indicted on two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

“I think he knows we’re looking for him,” Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander, said Thursday. “We’ve also contacted his attorney to let him know we’re looking for him.”

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Simon should call their local authorities.


Climax Post Office to close

CLIMAX, Ga. — The U.S. Postal Service is closing its Post Office in Climax, officials say.

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reports that a letter posted to the door of the building says that it will cease operations Wednesday.

According to the paper, the letter states “that effective Nov. 1, 2012, your post office box mail will be available in the centralized box units near the new village post office (VPO) in Climax. The VPO will be located in the S&G Grocery and Hardware 115 West Broad Street, Climax, Ga. 39834. They will provide stamps and flat-rate priority mail prepaid packaging for your mailing needs. In addition, your rural carriers can sell Postal money orders, stamps and mail packages for you. A mailbox for physical address delivery is required to get these services from a carrier. Please contact the Whigham postmaster for further questions.

“After Oct. 31, 2012, any items normally picked up at the Climax Post Office will be available at the Whigham Post Office, located at West Broad Avenue, Whigham, GA 39897. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Although your delivery will be from Whigham Post Office you will continue to use Climax, GA 39834 as your mailing address. As further information the nearest full-service post offices are Whigham and Bainbridge, Ga.


Former first lady co-hosts town hall meeting at South Georgia Technical College

AMERICUS, Ga. — Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter co-hosted a public town hall meeting on the South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) campus Wednesday to bring attention to mental health issues.

The Americus Times-Recorder reports that attendees heard presentations from Carter, Carter Center Mental Health Program director Thomas Bornemann, and Frank Berry, the newly appointed commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The focus of the event was to discuss a Carter Center report detailing mental health, particularly in young people. The preliminary report, “Building a Vision for Community Services for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders in Georgia,” is available on the Center’s website, CarterCenter.org