ROUNDUP: Lone Democrat bows out of race

BLAKELY, Ga. — The lone Democrat hoping to replace former State Senator John Bulloch in the District 11 Senate race has withdrawn from consideration.

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that Early County resident Lisa Collins has bowed out of the race, leaving only a field of Republicans and one Libertarian for consideration of the seat.

Republican candidates Dean Burke, Brad Hughes, Mike Keown and Eugene “Gene” McNease and Libertarian Jeffrey G. Bivins are up for consideration in a special election set for Tuesday in the district that covers a good portion of Southwest Georgia.

Bulloch announced his resignation in December following lingering health issues from a bout of meningitis earlier in the year.

TSPLOST collections start Tuesday

CORDELE, Ga. — Retail businesses in the River Valley District, which includes Crisp and Dooly Counties, have begun collecting an additional 1 percent sales tax, after voters in that region approved a controversial Transportation Sales Tax initiative last Summer.

Beginning Tuesday, consumers in that area will pay more for most items they purchase in order to fund transportation projects which include a new bridge and four-laning of U.S. Highway 280, the Cordele Dispatch reports.

The River Valley District was one of only three Georgia districts to approve the TSPLOST measure. The nine others voted the measure down.

Former Tift Coach headed to Hall of Fame

TIFTON, Ga. — A former Tift County football coach will be inducted in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The Tifton Gazette reports that Charlie Winslette will be enshrined as one of the state's all-time greatest football coaches this year.

Winslette was at Tift from 1995 to 1998.

He is 260-134-3 in 34 years as a head coach, including a 28-19-0 record while at Tift. His 1997 squad went 12-5 and finished as state runners-up to Parkview in the Class AAAA finals, the paper reports.