SOWEGA ROUNDUP: ABAC Student found dead

TIFTON, Ga. — A college student in Tifton was found dead on campus Tuesday morning, officials say.

The Tifton Gazette reports that 21-year-old April Paulk was found dead in a residence hall at Abraham Baldwin College Tuesday.

The paper reports that school officials say that Paulk, a native of Doerun, who was a sophomore majoring in diversified agriculture, died by natural causes.

She is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, although officials do not suspect foul play.


Inmate found dead in Colquitt County jail cell Tuesday

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Authorities are investigating how a 25-year-old Colquitt County jail inmate died after he was found in his cell Tuesday.

The Moultrie Observer reports that there was no indication of injuries to Terrell Tyrone Harper, who had been in Colquitt County Jail since July 9. Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Julius Cox said Tuesday afternoon that Harper had been serving a 300-day sentence for a probation violation and had no history of medical problems.


Cotton fire may be arson

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Authorities are investigating the possibility that a fire that damaged more than $77,000 worth of cotton at a Southwest Georgia Gin may have been arson.

The Moultrie Observer reports that the fire outside of Funston Gin Co. Monday night took volunteer firefighters more than five hours to contain. A driver for the company reported to the owner that he saw at least two people running from the area outside the facility where the cotton modules caught fire at about 9:45 p.m., Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office reports said.


Bainbridge College breaks ground on library expansion

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Bainbridge College broke ground on its new library expansion Tuesday morning, officials say.

The Bainbridge Post Searchlight reports that two new phases of construction will eventually increase the library's size to 24,000 square feet, including two new computer labs, an audio visual lab, a reference desk and multiple meeting rooms and study space.

Phase 1 is expected to be finished by the fall 2013 semester while phase two is slated for completion at some point within the next five years, officials say.