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Devonia Inman seeks $1.61 million in compensation from State of Georgia

March 23, 2023

Devonia Inman, who spent more than 23 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit in Adel, is currently seeking $1,610,000 of compensation from the state for his wrongful conviction, according to the Georgia Innocence Project. In November 2021, a Superior Court judge granted Inman’s petition for habeas corpus relief. On Dec. 20, 2021, Inman…

Adel Council approves ‘civility resolution’ and opioid settlements

March 17, 2023

Mayor Buddy Duke called to order the Monday, March 6, 2023, meeting of the Adel Mayor and Council.   Council Members present were Terry McClain, Greg Paige, Walter Cowart, Celestine Hayes, and Jody Greene. Others present were City Manager Mark Barber, City Clerk Rhonda Rowe, City Attorney Tim Tanner, Police Chief Chad Castleberry, and members…

Alapaha District Attorney Office Obtains Three Life Sentences in One Month

March 9, 2023

Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney Chase L. Studstill reports that in the last thirty days, the Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office has obtained convictions on three separate cases resulting in life sentences in each case and assisted in the federal prosecution of a fourth case resulting in a 60 year sentence. Jason Aaron Clendenen,…

Rezoning request withdrawn for store near intersection: Construction of roundabout in area to begin in 2024

March 7, 2023

County officials confirmed that the rezoning request was withdrawn shortly before the deadline of noon Friday, March 3, 2023, for a convenience store on property near the Highway 37/76 intersection east of Adel. Thus, the public hearing before the County Commissioners scheduled for Monday night, March 6, was cancelled because no decision was to be…

Sheriff’s Office to take over policing in Cecil

February 23, 2023

Sheriff Doug Hanks and Capt. Brent Exum discussed with the County Commission on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, that the Sheriff’s Office will be taking over policing in the City of Cecil. Cecil Mayor James Spencer sent a letter that states he wants the Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement coverage in that town because Cecil…

County to install 13 tornado warning sirens

February 9, 2023

Tornadoes have slammed Cook County in recent years, causing seven deaths in January 2017, damaging homes and businesses in April 2020, and again impacting about two dozen homes in January 2023, six years to the day of the deadliest natural disaster in local history. Local leaders have responded by seeking to add another method of…

Super neighbors pitch in to help after tornado

February 2, 2023

Churches, individuals and groups such as the Hornet baseball team, and local government agencies joined forces last week to help with relief and cleanup efforts after an EF-2 tornado smashed through Adel on late Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2023. Thankfully, no one was injured, although the twister damaged about two dozen homes in the Kent…

School board approves applying for $50,000 safety grant

February 2, 2023

School Safety Director Richard Herrin presented the Rural School Safety Grant during the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, work session of the Cook County Board of Education. The $50,000 Rural School Safety Grant will be funded by The Office of Rural Education and Innovation. No local match is required. The grant funds will be used to…

Congratulations to 2022 Community Award Honorees!

January 31, 2023

 On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce announced the 2022 Community Award Honorees.  The honorees are:  • Sharon Harnage, Woman of the Year. She is owner of Quick Consulting & Business Services and TSR Boutique LLC. She has been instrumental in many community activities; for example, helping coordinate the community response…

County seeks naming of ‘Major Terry Arnold Memorial Highway’

January 27, 2023

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, County Commissioner Jeff Lane made a motion, seconded by County Commissioner Lindsey Parrish, to approve a “Resolution Declaring Major Terry Arnold Memorial Highway of Cook County, Georgia.” All voted in favor. The resolution states: “WHEREAS, Cook County, Georgia is governed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and “WHEREAS, Major…

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